Sustainability What?

Sustainability: this is a word that I never heard anything about until here recently when I enrolled into wicked problems. Coming from a small town where we did not really every talk about anything of this sort was kind of shocking especially when you find out that it’s such a huge topic. Being at Oklahoma State University and being part of their Design, Housing and Merchandising department it’s a huge part of what we learn. Coming from such a small town we did not really expect to know these things ever. I personally did not even know what it truly was until I switched my major to fashion merchandising. We learn that fast fashion is something that is taking this world by storm and ruining our environment just as fast. I personally did not even think making apparel would do this much damage besides being in the land fields while that it will not decompose. Being in wicked problems has taught me a lot that I do not even know but will be more aware of from now on. Thinking about what we can do to change the way that sustainability should run this world. Many people in the world are not educated or just do not even know about all the issues there are ranging from sweat shops to rivers in China being the new color of the upcoming new fast fashion trend that can kill the wildlife. Most Americans today if you asked them what sustainability meant they would not even know how to answer it. They might think of saving energy by turning off their lights or even saving water. Yes, this helps with the issue a little bit but does not fix the big picture. We should educate the everyday Americans so that they do not just think that this is just a trend that is just in style now to just make the world a lot greener friendly, which in all reality is a great idea, but it is not even close to what needs to happen. In my heart I have learned a lot about what it does to our planet, it truly scares me that we might have to live in a world where it’s truly gross just because we did not want to help the change. The fact that we buy things such as apparel and do not think twice of what it had to go through to get where it is today. The fact that we are ruining the planet just by dyeing clothes is just crazy to me. I feel that we should be working with the people that make our clothes to see what we could do to better help with what they go through on a daily. I do believe that they should get paid for what it is worth to make our clothes and that would only be right to the people. In my heart I winna do what is best for the environment with our world nowadays we are always wanting things as fast as possible but its not always the safest. Do you think normal everyday people think about when they order off of Fashion Nova or H&M? I think that if you would inform the people about what harm they are causing harm too. 

From learning from sustainability, it has really opened my eyes that we have to really make sure that I really think about environment instead of thinking about just having the most upcoming item that I think that I have to have. There are so many things that we think we have to have but in reality, we should be sticking to slow fashion, yes, it’s something that none of us want to wait for it but in the end, it will make the world a much safer place. Around campus we have a lot of recycling bins that people do use, but it’s just more of a habit at this point. I feel that if we were to do the same thing with teaching people it will become more of a habit. I believe that the world be changed by a lot if they would just educate the world and be more aware of what we are doing to it. Coming from a small town as like I was in we were really didn’t learn about all that stuff. I think we should start small such as local and rural areas to get them on board with all that.

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