Rethinking Sustainability Blog #3

My wicked problem that I have been studying is the effects of textile dye waste. I went into these projects expecting to find articles and research reports that said information that I was already aware of. Often times I assume I understand the extent of these issues, but after much needed research I found that not only am I not considering all aspects of the issues, I am learning parts that I had never considered before. A question that was presented not only in my research but also consequently in class; What role does the less privileged have in sustainability? 

Throughout my research on chemical dye waste, I found that many of these wicked problems are industrial and are not easily avoided. Its choosing between 2 evils. In my poverty reading I began to understand the issues surrounding the poor and their habits to sustain themselves. Their habits that justifiably give them a better way of living is causing long term effects on our earth. No one is to blame, because in fact it is all of us. But it is important to recognize a particular portion of the problem. many would say, including myself, that if we can reach out and provide the tools to fix issues pertaining to the less fortunate, other issues will fix themselves as well. 

Leylas TED Talk was truly inspirational to me. I actually brought up some of her topics such as product designs effects on the earth to my mom. It was extremely interesting to listen to her potential solutions to waste. Something that she often repeated was “everything comes from the environment, it’s how you use the materials.” Her idea that it’s how you use the materials is brilliant. She spoke about how the materials often are not as bad as how we put them together and dispose of them. 

The TED 10 was a very interesting topic to learn about. TED has many resources pertaining to sustainability in textiles. The topics they discuss are Design to Minimize Waste, Design for Cyclability, Design to Reduce Chemical Impacts, Design to Reduce Energy and Water Use, Design that explores Clean/Better Technologies exc. These are all very relevant topics when it comes to sustainability and TED provides many detailed descriptions of solutions. I learned that a zero-waste garment can be made. It introduces the idea of strategically cutting fabric and recycling all waste. This would create a slow design process but longer lasting clothes. 

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