For Activity 3, I decided to do the wicked problem of textile waste. I chose textile waste because it directly effects my major. This wicked problem extremely impacts our environment. Everyone in our society partakes in this wicked problem. Over-consumerism, fast-fashion, and not reusing old clothing all adds to this horrible problem of textile waste.
Poverty remains a root cause for many environmental problems. The poor are often forced into unsustainable by farming on marginal lands; clearing tracts of rainforests for its timber value; and putting at risk fragile ecosystems for their basic survival. We should not blame the poor but instead be educated of the circle of poverty and environmental degradation.
In Leyla Acaroglu’s TED Talk she speaks about the environmental folklore. She explains that everything we use or do impacts the environment. Environmental Folklore is based on what others say instead of scientific facts. The choices we make as an individuals impact all the different systems. She says we need to do “more with less”. The importance of being innovative is key in todays society. Something that really stood out to me was Leyla explaining that biodegradable products do not decompose naturally in landfills which also adds to climate change.
A term I learned in Wick Problems is Biophilia. Biophilia is the love of live and living systems. It urges us to facilitate with other forms of life and creates us to live a more sustainable life. I think this is an important practice. Merchandising is not just about a storefront. It is also reduction of money, increasing supplier reliability, reputational risk, and other factors.
Last week I got to tour the OSU Sustainability Office + Recycling Center + Upholstery Shop. It was an amazing experience. I loved touring the center and learning about all the sustainable practices OSU partakes in. I learned that OSU collects leaves and branches all year to go to a compost. OSU upcycling all their furniture and has couches dating back to the 1800s. OSU saves $50 million through their sustainable practices.