Tag Archives: eco-design


One of the ways that designs are ‘sustainable’ is that they are long-lasting; as in, they remain unchanged and popular for a long long time. I wish that polaroid cameras were more sustainable. I like the idea of instant photographs quite a bit. I’m bummed that buying one now is soo expensive.
I’m also really bummed that I have a cold. I seem to always get one at the beginning of each semester, then one in the middle and one at the end.
I am pleased to announce that this post is coming from my couch, where I FINALLY have wireless [set up by someone much more tech-y than me]!

And finally: Studio is going rather swimmingly thus far. The first project we’re doing is to create an eco-friendly soultion to a ‘personal problem’ we’ve discovered and then researched. I had a hard time coming up with any ‘personal problems’ that weren’t already being done by everyone else or wasn’t crazy tacky until I thought of an alternative for a plastic spoon [because I am wimpy and don’t use metal spoons for my soup]. Now I’m trying to figure out which materials to use, biodegradable starch stuff vs. a quick-to-replace wood, and a way to push the whole product from a combined spoon on one end & fork on the other end to something even bigger/greater/greener than just some really attractive spoonfork.

PS: AS IF TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE – I just found out that Polaroid is srsly dead. They’ve recently announced that they’re officially going to stop making more instant film [ http://www.polaroidshow.com/ ]. So buying a Polaroid instant camera now is a complete waste; that totally ruins the dreams I’ve had since I was a junior in high school when I asked for a Polaroid camera as a present and my parents told me it was becoming obsolete. I mean, duh, digital cameras are “instant”, but I don’t usually print out my pictures because I take too many. Today is such a bum day.

pps: I keep wanting to get done with the roll of film that’s chillin in my Fisheye right now so that I can take all the rolls I’ve shot since I got it in to get developed, but I keep missing the daylight. And I can not bring myself to be wasteful.

What will happen when all film becomes obsolete? Oh man.

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working hard, or hardly working?

Since I’ve been at work, instead of working on studio [surprise!], I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of eco-design, eco-friendliness, recycling, and all other “green” things while business has been slow and no one wants to eat spaghetti. Checking the restrooms to make sure they’re stocked with toilet paper is one part of many important things I do as a hostess [ha ha], and as I kept replacing toilet paper I kept getting more annoyed. Why can’t the traditional cardboard roll be integrated into the actual toilet paper, like those paper straws? The toilet paper roll could be made out of more tightly wound paper, or something other than cardboard, and then it could be literally used until it was all gone. Also, why don’t we try to recycle more paper products at work? I mean, we use paper napkins, place mats, paper towels, toilet paper, the wrapper on the toilet paper, the toilet paper rolls, all the cardboard boxes that everything gets shipped to us in, To-Go containers, and the list continues…

Also wish that there was a bigger push to use organic cloth and materials in fashion, but again – “eco-luxury” doesn’t apply to many people. Until using organic cloth is more mainstream and less expensive, most people aren’t going to use it or purchase it.
[eco-fashion: http://www.lindaloudermilk.com/ ]

I suppose its like that idea that until the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain of change, nothing happens. Unless someone gives people a better reason or reward to recycle, no one really cares. The lack of recycling locations is also a bummer. I feel all too conscious of being incredibly wasteful, and it makes me uncomfortable. One sneaky little green tip: You should unplug electric appliances you’re not using, because leaving them plugged in wastes energy.

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Moon Jar Nitez

I’ve been having trouble focusing down on this first studio project because I haven’t really thought about making things in a ‘studio class sense’ all summer, so my brain still hasn’t jumpstarted back to its creative side. However, while I was trying to do some research for our new project that involves Eco Design, I found
something fantastic that I want.

On other notes, I wish I new more about CSS because I would feel better knowing how to edit things with a style sheet instead of my basic HTML skills honed from Myspace. I also haven’t figured out my way around this yet, so fingers crossed I get some spare time soon [I can’t stand a mis-managed, un-professional looking blog, although I do understand we can’t ALL be the next big internet blog]

Blogging for grades is so 2k8.

ps. I think this “GREEN” trend is boring. I really don’t like it when people try to prove how great they are. Advertising how ‘kind to the enviro’ you are is really just like bragging about how you’re the humblest person you know. Lame.

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