Blog 3

As this class is soon coming to a close, it is becoming easier to find the practicality in making sustainability an everyday practice. Seeing different components of sustainability throughout various readings and assignments has been very beneficial because there is so much more to being attentive to the environment than just the famous “reduce, reuse, recycle” slogan that gets tossed around so often. In Activity 3, for instance, I am learning that when it comes to fast fashion, companies aren’t completely blind to the issue at hand. Some companies are taking leaps forward in order to slow down fast fashion. Progress with this can be seen in stores taking in old clothes and recycling them, using more eco-friendly materials in the clothes that they do produce and giving back to communities with extra products that they have. Tying into communities that need help, the article that we read over poverty brought light to the fact that us Americans don’t do as good of a job dealing with poverty as we could. Since we don’t see the worst of what poverty can bring, like other countries do, we don’t think about what or who our actions effect. For us as Americans, our waste typically gets dumped in these poverty-filled countries which really hurts the poor that live there. These people can’t grow resources that they need to because of the waste and can’t have the cleanest air possible. Countries that are developed, like the U.S., should become more mindful of our waste when it comes to how much of it there is and where all it goes, because waste has to go somewhere and you never know how big of an impact it could be making. The issue of not being mindful could stem from practices we all learned from the generations before us, at least that is what a TED talk from a lady named Leyla claims. She feels that the people before us really hurt the environment, so now it is up to us to save it. I believe she definitely has some truth to that because we learn from those who raise us and if those people aren’t mindful of the environment then it is more than likely that we won’t be either. On the contrary of this viewpoint of the environment, in class we learned about biophilia. Biophilia is the love of life or living systems. With this mindset, we can all do our part to be mindful of how we are being sustainable and bettering the environment around us. This would help counteract the harm that generations in the past have created towards the environment. Finally, last week as a class we went and visited the OSU sustainability office, recycling center and embroidery shop. It was so fascinating getting to see how mindfulness was being reached just throughout our campus alone. I never knew that by taking in waste and paper from campus that we can make profit off of it after sorting through things and making them useful again. It was also neat to see how furniture throughout campus can be replenished even after it has been around for decades and decades.

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