…yes, microfiber from the clothes we wear is a significant contaminant..It seems now that recycling plastic after its end life can only be part of the solution, because enough plastic particles also fall off during the life of an object.
A few years ago I introduced the environmental threat of man made synthetic dust as a contaminant.
But it just occurred to me that textiles also shed tiny fibers like dust, so the impact of synthetic particles to the natural environment will go way beyond the dust created by car tyres.
So what can be done? If only I knew! There are front end and back end solutions. Change the make-up of material, or develop ways to contain the dust particles it becomes.
When possible, I lean toward front end proactive solutions. Imagine if garment materials could be organic with a second life as nutrients to the soil we farm on, or the wildlife that eats/absorbs it. Imagine taking your old clothes to a feedlot to be processed into protein supplements for cows?
If it must leak into the natural environment, why can’t we make pollution a nutrient?
First Movers v’s Improvers
You can fail, or you can fail to try. Some things are too important not to try.
To be more original you have to generate more ideas.
Can Design be re-designed?
Back in 2012, I wrote about Generative Design on this blog.
The next step and innovation isDesign by Intuitive A.I.
I would really like to be challenged by an A.I design program. Maybe one day it will be possible and would make great entertainment.
Will computers also know how to design more complex cultural elements like irony and humor into their footwear? Will a computer ever be able to write a good book?
And I wonder if the human connection to a product will remain the most powerful? If people will still prefer to buy footwear designed by a creative and at times imperfect human being like a charismatic famous designer, rather than designed by intuitive computer software?
Meet the shoe that can make any runner 4% more efficient!
Footwear tuned for athletes.
The tree is one of the most beautiful expressions of life.
As it grow it’s roots deep and branches out,
with many small leaves, or a few big ones, it also provides shelter and sustenance for others.
I’ve been pondering over Elon Musk saying that analogically thinking is flawed and that you must think on first principles basis instead.
While I agree that getting to the root and common denominator of everything is the most important, I also think that to arrive at the first principle requires analogical analysis and hypothesis. I maybe mistaken, but I think Analogy is a precursor to the First Principle and problem solving requires both.
Because often you have no choice but to examine the leaf before the branch.