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Let’s Make an IMPACT!

At the beginning of this course, I honestly had no idea what sustainability OR sustainable design actually meant. I believed that sustainability was recycling and using “green” products, I had no idea what those ideas even truly meant and those … Continue reading

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The Natural vs. Synthetic Debate

This week’s article, “Material Diversity” by Fletcher, was an enlightening article. However, I did not have an epiphany.  I did think this was a great article to wrap up our readings in this course. Material diversity is all about seeking … Continue reading

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Creating a New Useful Life

Although this week I did not have an epiphany, I did see potential for application in the principle we discussed, cradle to cradle.  The article we read, “Cradle to Cradle; Remaking the Way We Make Things” by McDonough & Braungart … Continue reading

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Local = Practical ?

This week I did not have an epiphany, although I did find some value in one of the topics we discussed this week.  The topic I found with merit was from a chapter Kate Fletcher’s reading of Fashion and Sustainability: … Continue reading

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Application of Principles

This week we read “Closing the Loops in Commerce: Running a Business like a Redwood Forest.”  As many weeks before, I did not have an epiphany.  I do not think that a lot of the principles that were discussed in … Continue reading

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Creating Longevity Through PSS

I really enjoyed the L.O.L.A. show this week.  One of the articles that I found most interesting was the article that Zoe had about the kinetic energy tiles.  I really thought the tiles were an interesting way to provide energy.  … Continue reading

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Simple Need Fulfillment’s Affect on Fashion Industry

This week was definitely a struggle for me.  The concepts were difficult to grasp and I definitely had to take a large amount of time to attempt to digest the topics.  After reading “Needs” by Fletcher, I was overwhelmed by … Continue reading

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Exploring Culture–Design Solutions

This week I did not have an epiphany, but I did find the design probes project very interesting.  Although it was not the most “enjoyable” to participate in, I found that a lot could be learned through design probes about … Continue reading

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Wardrobe Metabolism = Destruction

This week I did not have an epiphany.  The article we read this week made me truly challenge what we are learning and the practicality of changing to “full” sustainability.  I feel that the article’s view of “wardrobe metabolism” would … Continue reading

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Walk a Mile: Empathic Design

What is empathy?  How does empathy affect our industry? Although I did not have an epiphany this week, I learned so much about empathy and empathic design in our industry.  Empathy is walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.  Empathy … Continue reading

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