Author Archives: hcoury

Sustainable Enlightenment

From the first day I signed up for this class, I knew I would enjoy it. I have always been interested in sustainable practices, specifically in design. I used to associate sustainability and sustainable design with “reduce, reuse, recycle.” That … Continue reading

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Ecolabelwhat?

Last week, we discussed eco and social labeling in the apparel and textiles industry. I think that having these labels on products is a great sign for the company and should definitely go into consideration when purchasing goods. However, many … Continue reading

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Now about this local business….

This week we talked about taking production to a local level to help the economy flourish and provide a number of jobs for the locals. I think that, in theory, this would be an excellent idea. America sources practically everything … Continue reading

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Cradle to cradle: Sometimes we just don’t get it

Last week we read and discussed information about cradle to cradle and waste=food. I like to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and maintain a healthy diet. However, I never put into consideration how much produce and leftovers go … Continue reading

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Biomimicry, industrial ecology, and my carbon footprint (ouch)

I have always considered myself as someone who takes the environment into consideration with my daily routine. I walk whenever possible and recycle when I can. I leave the AC and heat off in my apartment regularly and try to … Continue reading

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Designing for needs and wants

This week in Sustainability we discussed designing for needs and wants. We read an article for class called Design Activism that really made me think about designing with the consumer in mind. As a designer, you should design for “people, … Continue reading

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Stepping In and Out of the User

Last week, we observed a design probe package from a fellow classmate and made conclusions about the person’s interests, hobbies, fashion, and overall lifestyle. I found it quite interesting to see it from the user and designer point of view. … Continue reading

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