How Textiles And Fashion Designers Have Contributed And Approached Fundamental Issues Within Ecological Design

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SUSTAINABILITY ESSAY Explore and comment on how textiles and fashion designers have contributed and approached fundamental issues within ecological design. INTRODUCTION Ecological design is the sole responsibility of innovation and the creativity of products and objects that will sustain our society and future societies. It is critical that we change the way sustainable design is perceived and interpreted, by beginning to develop an understanding of the history and journey from ‘Green design’ into ‘Sustainable design’ as well as looking at the direction in which we would like it to progress to. This requires a comprehension of what these initial terms mean and how this relates to their cultural, social and economic context, all of…show more content…
Finally, scrutinizing the information to form a conclusive paragraph reevaluating whether future designers are considering these issues and whether a new sustainable design mentality is evolving. GREEN, ECOLOGICAL OR SUSTAINABLE Concepts of ecological design are not necessarily new or modern; it’s the nature of re-inventing and re-visiting that the term is founded upon. But there are differences between the terms, some more subtle than others. Typically Green design is associated with getting the environmental message out there to the masses, focusing more on the environmental issues and looking into plentiful natural resources. The key words being masses and plentiful, instead of a less is more mentality that starts to be adopted in Ecological design this suggests a substitution of product to fill that consumerism addiction. Green design became particularly popular in the 1980’s, due to a foundation built by the environmental movement of the late 60’s and 70’s, which sparked a growing awareness into environmental issues; it becomes a pinnacle point of where Ecological design meets the mainstream. In an extract from Ecological Design: A new critique, Pauline Madge (1997, p.44) informs us that ‘because “green” encapsulated green politics, current environmental concerns, and identified them with a specific colour, in an unprecedented way, green design arrived with a ready-made symbolism: green products, green packaging, and numerous books
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