The Peak of My Sustainability Journey

The Ted Talk given by Leyla allowed me to put in perspective how much waste plays a key role on our everyday lives.  Every single act a human being makes affects the environment we live in in one way or another.  When she goes on to explain her hatred for refrigerators, I find  it very intriguing, because I have never looked at a refrigerator and thought of the things that went through her mind.  It’s a given that we as humans waste so much food each and every day and don’t even take into consideration how bad we our harming our environment.  But do we ever stop to think about how refrigerators actually are helping us to have the ability to do such a thing.  I learned through this talk that refrigerators are growing larger and larger in size and 50% of the food in them end up being wasted in the long run.  Its all about designing the product to solve the problem, and we as consumers must design solutions in order to control and put a hand on the never ending issue concerning waste.  For example, a good design to control waste and energy would be the Tesla brand of cars and a bad example would be paper and plastic bags.  We have to construct more and more ideas like Tesla to end up with the outcome we are truly looking for in our world today. 

            When reading about merchandising and how its emerging into becoming more personable with suppliers and retail buyers, I became fascinated.  The fact being that merchandising is my major, I believe it is very important to learn first hand about what we must think about and practice before going into our particular field.  This emerging industry relates back to Leyla’s talk concerning the use of consumption getting out of hand and finding ways to improve its trajectory.  It is an extremely important concept to build and maintain a trusted relationship with a supplier in the sense that, without doing so, how are we suppose to know every aspect about the product we are getting? 

            I want to take the time to conclude with, biophilia is, in my opinion, the way and almost the solution to allow us to be become fully connected with nature as we once were.  The technical meaning of biophilia is “love of life”.  The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Do my actions fully represent biophilia and am I doing all I can do to sustain natural life?”.  The human race is evolving into a problematic society, by using up all of the worlds resources and not fully being connected with nature in its entirety.  Although, when I truly sit down and think about the human race and how we’re harming the planet, I remember something I believe we all tend to forget along the way.  Lets go back all the way to the story of Adam and Eve.  They were given any and everything they could possible want or need, and what did they do, they took advantage of their perfect world in nature and ruined it for the rest of eternity.  The two of them didn’t intend to cause harm, yet they did by being disobedient.  This is incredibly symbolic to me, in the sense that no matter how much we try to ‘love life’ or ‘reconnect with nature’, our race has shown we always fail and are not made do these things in full.  There is a positive side to this tragedy.  By allowing ourselves to fully experience biophilia and continue to create many more aspects of biophilic design, we might possibly change our name and past for the better.  It starts with just one person to change the world and that could be any of us.

            Every aspect of this course I’ve learned thus far has contributed to my topic for activity 3 over textile waste in the fashion industry and fast fashion.  I find it very intriguing what I continue to learn through researching this topic and am becoming much more aware of how it negatively affects our environment as a whole.  I am learning the many characteristics involved with this issue and how fast fashion is contributing greatly to the decline of our world in the since of not recycling or re-using articles of clothing.  There have been many researchers who are attempting to find various solutions in order to fix this problem the best way they know how.  The main problem I see with their ideas for solutions is the fact they can’t come up with one single solution that applies to each individual around the world.  All the ideas are great and have the potential to be successful, but we need to think of people in every country and the resources available to them.  This is, in my opinion, the upmost reason behind textile waste and fast fashion ultimately being deemed a ‘wicked problem’. 

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