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What Sustainability Means to Me

“Green products,” “save the trees,” and “save the planet” all encompass what sustainability meant to me before this course started. I had no idea that it includes far more than just our rapid consumption and impending demise of the Earth’s … Continue reading

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Transparency Is Key!

This week was all about educating people on social and eco-friendly textiles and buildings as well as understanding the perceptions people have on these things. “Social and Eco-labeling of textile and clothing goods as Means of Communication and Product Differentiation,” … Continue reading

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Global < Local

Over the past week we learned the benefits of sourcing locally versus internationally. The benefits included in the local approach are vast and includes things like creating jobs and reducing transportation of goods, but also improves relationships between people in … Continue reading

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No Excuses!

This week I learned that we have the resources to make completely sustainable fabrics, from the material to the dye; however, most companies do not use them. As we learned in one of the videos we watched this week, it … Continue reading

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Apparently Above National Average

Over the past week we studied the amount of carbon dioxide used in each step a garment goes through before its life is over. The article, Apparel Industry Life Cycle Carbon Mapping taught me ways to lessen the amount of … Continue reading

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Emotionally Uninvolved

Identifying a clear line between a want and a fundamental human need has proven to be quite the task in today’s covetous world. However, Manfred Max-Neef accepted the challenge of deciphering between the needs and desires of humans and established … Continue reading

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Empathic Design & Sustainability

Empathic design has multiple definitions, but the one that, in my opinion, most pertains to this class is, “To get closer to the lives and experiences of users in order to increase the likelihood that the product or service designed … Continue reading

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Save Creativity!

Creativity was a recurring theme in this week’s discussions and readings. The readings, especially, “Thinking Ahead: The Value of Future Consciousness,” by Tom Lombardo, opened my eyes to the relationship between sustainability and thinking about the future. Futuristic thoughts can … Continue reading

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Open Your Eyes!

The first few weeks of this class have expanded my knowledge and awareness on the topic of sustainability more than I expected it to. Sustainability is not a topic I have ever been very passionate about, not because I don’t … Continue reading

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