This week we read an essay over Easter Island. The Island was located in the South Pacific Ocean near Chile. The Rapa Nui people first discovered the island, constructing a Polynesian society. The excitement of the new found Island brought overpopulation. The Rapanui used trees to build homes and boats and created Moai statues to honor chieftains around the Island. Resources became little to none and led to scarcely vegetation and transportation. The demand for supply overtook the occupancy. Warfare broke out as a result of the corrupt environment and brought the fall of Easter Island. The experience of Easter Island parallels with modern day society. As Americans, we have a lot of awareness of our responsibility of resources. With a population of 7.5 billion people, we cling to the environmental and social issues we face. The driving factor of our issues today is centered around money. In order to repeat history we must be aware of change and willing to do whatever it takes to use our resources wisely and prominently. We must find a way to be sustainable and not demand more than we can support.
While expanding my knowledge of sustainability, I have learned the importance of bringing awareness to current issues in the Interior design industry. The description of Interior design relates to the process of the coordination of art and design to create a space which is functional and aesthetically pleasing. In order to thrive in the field of customer communication and price regulations, we must create a way to save energy throughout the manufacturing process. Using repurposed furniture allows decor to be reused and minimizing synthetic lighting allows energy to be saved. Maintaining a balance between what looks good and what is good for the environment is a key factor to creating a sustainable way of design. One possible solution would be to create eco-friendly furniture that would furnish aesthetically while not harming the environment during the manufacturing process. Another solution would be to efficiently maximize the space available, by working with windows and doors to eliminate the need for construction resources.
Along with Interior Design, the use of fabric production is a work in progress. My group created a solution in order to reduce the amount of energy used in the manufacturing process. To create an eco-friendly environment, we decided that we must reuse fabrics, clothing, and furniture. In order to recycle these materials, we must provide recycle bins near neighborhoods and in populated areas. People will be able to save money by refurbishing and reusing fabrics for their own benefit without damaging the environment. Another solution we found was that the manufacturing industry must use materials that are decomposable while creating a different production system. Outside of class I have learned to upcycle and have started to use materials beneficial to the environment. I am now learning how to use my creativity to benefit the environment.