Agriculture: Growing crops in vertical farms in the heart of cities is said to be a greener way to produce food. But the idea is still unproven.
See how fast fashion depletes the environment and takes away profit from small businesses.
In 2012 alone, EPA estimates that 14.3 million tons of textiles were wasted.
Here are a few things you can do:
"1. Buy secondhand when you can. Purchasing something that already exists is the most sustainable thing you can do. 2. Support organic; by supporting organic products (and therefore production) we protect our soil, our water, and the people in the fields who harvest. 3. Look for recycled material use."
What is sustainable design?
As stated by GSA, sustainable design “seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment… [by reducing] consumption of non-renewable resources, [minimizing] waste, and [creating] healthy, productive environments.” (“Sustainable Design”)
Sustainable design aims to optimize the environment through changes made in our lifestyles. The principles of design are to optimize potential, reduce energy and water consumption, enhance quality of life through households and products and to optimize maintenance. By applying these principles, we can better the environment and ourselves. (“Sustainable Design”)
"Sustainable Design." Sustainable Design. Web. <http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104462?utm_source=OGP>.
Ecological Minimalism: Shigeru Ban’s Paper Architecture
Winner of this year’s Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious award in modernist architecture, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has forged a career based on his revolutionary yet restrained use of humble materials. Ban is perhaps most famous for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes. He has noted that he is attracted to paper because it is cheap, recyclable, low-tech, replaceable, and produces very little waste. Indeed, his DIY refugee shelters (used in Japan after the Kobe earthquake, in Turkey, Rwanda and around the world) composed of recycled cardboard tubes are very popular and effective for low-cost disaster relief-housing. Even the structures Ban has designed for prestigious cultural and institutional clients are built with low-cost, sustainable materials and are often meant to be recycled. Ban’s Japanese pavilion building at Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany, a 72-metre-long gridshell made with paper tubes, for example, was ultimately recycled and returned to paper pulp. His structures do not announce themselves with the typical hallmarks of sustainability; rather, they seem to quietly embody it. This design approach, which dignifies and normalizes ecological mindfulness, appears especially innovative at a time when environmental issues are still “othered.”