Author Archives: erinsewell

Sustainable State of Mind

At the beginning of this course, my idea of sustainability was nothing more than throwing a plastic bottle into the recycling bin. Throughout the course, my sustainable state of mind has really matured into something I never really thought was … Continue reading

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The 11th Hour

Last week we had a class discussion on eco-labeling through certifications after reading “Social and Eco-Labeling of Textile and Clothing Goods as Means of Communication and Product Differentiation.” Sadly, I had never heard of this topic in depth. As I read the … Continue reading

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Regional Designs//Lola Show

In the article that we discussed on Wednesday the big topic of discussion was, regional clothing designed locally. How easy is it to accomplish local designs? We talked in depth about the difficulties that surround regional design. For instance, is it … Continue reading

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Cradle to Cradle– Saving wasteful materials

Last week in class our assigned reading was on Cradle to Cradle. Within the article, many topics were touched upon that related to nature and life cycles. The firs topic that was touched on was biological metabolism, which relates to … Continue reading

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My carbon footprint// Biomimicry

This article that we read today “Cradle to Cradle” was one of the most interesting articles that we have discussed all semester. It was something that I could relate to and actually learn from in terms of sustainability. When I think … Continue reading

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Design Slams in a Competitive World

This past week in Sustainability, we were introduced to the idea of Design Slams, what it means and how it works. Heres what I got out of the entire process: Design Slams are used in a way that we (designers) … Continue reading

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Satisfying human needs

This week in class we spent some time discussing the difference between human’s needs as well as human wants. In the article that we discussed as a class, Max-Neef, created a table of the fundamental needs. I found this table interesting … Continue reading

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Design Probes

This past week in Sustainability we studied/performed the idea of design probes. I had never heard of such a thing before but it was really cool to learn the idea and using it in terms of empathic design. This class … Continue reading

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Empathic Designs

In class this week I found the article that we read about thinking and feeling empathically extremely helpful. When you are coming up with a creative design for a project or just simply for leisure, how often do you think … Continue reading

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Creativity=Sustainability

This week on campus I noticed a lot more of careless student walking around with water bottles that would be soon tossed in the trash and papers that were crumbled and thrown into the garbage. Ok, it probably wasn’t actually … Continue reading

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