Throughout this class so far, I have learned a lot about both problems that I am interested in and problems I’m not interested in. Specifically, the problem I am exploring for this class is fast fashion and textile waste. Through the research I’ve been doing, I’m learning a lot about more effects it has on the environment that I originally knew. For example, the United States alone produces more than half of the total textile waste on earth. And, textile waste can release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere when they are burned due to the cheap, dangerous chemicals that are used on them in the manufacturing process. I’m very glad I chose this topic and am learning more than I thought I would about it. I think if more people took time to research important problems and topics then there would be many more people trying to make a difference and change our current conditions on earth. I believe the biggest issue/reason as to why not many people are trying to make a change is because there isn’t enough education and teaching about the problems we are facing.
The poverty reading in class showed me a lot that I did not previously think about or understand. For example, the specific policies introduced in the article were really interesting and were things that I think very well could be done. One of my favorite policies discussed was Developing Technologies that Benefit the Poor that enhance and develop more productivity within the poor population. I think this would benefit people greatly by also improving health conditions of the poor and enhance the environment. I also think Employing the Poor was a really important point. There are so many things we could build or create in order to help our environment, and there are so many unemployed, poor people who would be more than willing to take jobs at these places. The article used a good example and suggested having them perhaps be guards at national parks.Overall, I thought everything this article went through and discussed regarding policies and how they can be created and still benefit the poor was very interesting and something I think more people should read.
Leyla Acaroglu did her TED talk that encouraged her viewers to be mindful about about the entire life cycle of the things they use and create waste doing. This is so that they can better understand what effect they have on the environment in even the smallest of things that they might think they do. She talks about her Australian design studio where they create animations and other pieces that better explain/show they lifecycle of these objects we use and create waste with. They do it in a way so as to educate rather than judge or put people down for the things they might do to harm the environment.
Merchandising and sustainability go hand in hand, and a lot of people don’t recognize that. It is up to the merchandisers in companies and brands to make sure the merchandise is coming from good, reliable, environmentally responsible manufacturers and producers. Many companies have been recently losing customers if they are found to not be a sustainable business, therefore it is crucial in today’s world to be environmentally friendly and sustainable.
At the upholstery center and recycling center, I learned about all of the different things OSU does in order to be a green campus. It was very interesting to learn about the upholstery center and how quickly the can repair large, older pieces of furniture in order to avoid buying new furniture every single time something breaks. The recycling center was also very cool to see and understand where all of the things recycled in the bins on campus actually end up. I learned that it is a much more detailed process than I originally thought and it takes the hard work of a lot of people in order to make OSU as much of a green campus as it is.