Author Archives: mblanche

The beginning of my sustainability journey

I remember on the first day of this course going around the room and explaining what we thought being sustainable was. I can’t even really remember what I said, but I probably summed it up in a word or two. … Continue reading

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The 11th hour

Today in class we watched a documentary called The 11th hour.  It is an eye opening film about the environment and how we’re ruining it.  The 11th hour touched on global warming, deforestation, and extinction. The documentary had a very … Continue reading

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blog 9

Last week we talked about producing locally and the benefits that come with it.  A lot of the time materials go to a bunch of different places before ending up in the hands of the consumer.  The transparency of where … Continue reading

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blog 8

This past week we talked about closed loop or cradle to cradle design. Closing the loop in design means changing the life cycle of a product to where there is no waste.  Usually products are made, get used and then … Continue reading

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Blog number 2: week 3

During the third week of school we read Titanistad and looking through the eyes of a cartoonist. I remember reading both of the articles and not really liking either of them, which is why I never really wrote anything for … Continue reading

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blog 5

This past week we talked about and needs vs wants and how with design we can make people more comfortable.  One of the articles talked about how we should design with the consumer and how they will use the product … Continue reading

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design probes

This past week our class had to do a design probes assignment.  We were required to document our life for 24 hours by taking pictures and journaling.  At first I did not really think about the significance to doing this … Continue reading

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Week 5

The items we own accumulate through our lives, but some things we can’t get rid of even if they are not in perfect condition.  We keep things for a different reasons maybe because it makes us feel a certain way, … Continue reading

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week 2

This week we were required to read an article about Easter Island. The Polynesians were the first to live on Easter Island. The population was small but within some time the population grew and eventually there was enough people to spilt … Continue reading

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