Last week for week three we had to read “Fashion and Sustainability.” Before reading the article, I did not think about sustainability in fashion but after reading the article and discussing it in class it got me thinking about how fashion really does come and go. Fashion is constantly changing, and new trends are constantly getting set. Many people are constantly buying new clothes to try to keep up with the latest trends and styles of clothing. I am guilty of buying the latest trendy clothes and wearing them once or twice and never wearing them again and just letting them sit in my closet. I am also guilty of buying clothes and never wearing them. When we think of buying the newest trendy clothing we think about how we look in them and how we are on top of the fashion game, but we do not think of the negative effects this has on the environment and I think people need to start putting that into consideration. I know now that I am informed about sustainability in fashion I am going to be smarter when it comes to buying clothes. In Leyla’s TED talk “Paper or plastic,” she talks about how everything is beyond just paper or plastic and that we need to start looking at other things that matter also and take into consideration when we buy a product such as clothing we need to think of how long it will last and not just think about if it can be recycled or not. I enjoyed listening to her TED talk and I am going to start taking sustainability into consideration and also making the most out of a product.
After reading about how people are blaming the poor for sustainability issues I have to disagree with the idea that the poor or the ones to blame. I believe that the poor are not the ones to blame because they do not have much at all. I believe people with more money are to blame because then they are constantly buying new things and trying to keep up with the latest fashion trends and the poor do not have much and do not have money to be spending on new items daily so I disagree and do not think the poor are the ones to blame for the environments sustainability issue. My field of study is interior design with a major in merchandising and the wicked problem I am looking into trying to solve is water pollution. I am still doing research on my wicked problem and how I am going to try to solve it. During these last 3 weeks, I have learned a lot and have learned to be more mindful and take a lot more things into consideration when it comes to our earth. I am going to try my hardest to not buy things I do not need just because they are “cute” or “cheap” and actually think about things like “how long will this last” before buying things. Although it is a struggle I am getting better and better every day at being more mindful and taking things into consideration and I think everyone should start trying to do this to better our environment. 🙂