It’s A Climate Crisis

Students taking The Sustainable Design class at The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University come from a range of creative disciplines including Interior Design, Journalism, Fashion, and Environmental Studies. Lecturer Lloyd Alter assigned each student an aspect of the climate crisis, with the intent of creating a useful resource covering a wide range of topics.

12.1 Clothing and Textiles: Fast Fashion and Waste

Author: Peiyu Si ABSTRACT: The fashion industry has been identified as the second largest polluter worldwide. The impact of its production and waste can be harmful in many aspects. Main Fast fashion refers to cheaply produced and quickly purchased clothes that imitate the latest runway styles. It emphasizes new styles delivered to consumers immediately, while … Continue reading 12.1 Clothing and Textiles: Fast Fashion and Waste

12.3 Clothing and Textiles: Question of leather and fur

Author: Meghan Maddock ABSTRACT: Leather and fur are part of the textile industry that is currently the second largest polluter in the world. It is estimated that the industry is responsible for 10% of the global carbon emissions. Retrieved from: Compilation of Air Pollutant Emission Factors: January 1995: Volume I. MAIN Both leather and fur … Continue reading 12.3 Clothing and Textiles: Question of leather and fur

13.1 Electronics: Life Cycle Analysis-Power vs Embodied Carbon

Author: Madison Politsky ABSTRACT: The manufacturing of electronics emits large amounts of embodied carbon which negatively impact the environment. Implementing methods to prolong the lifespan of a device to prevent individuals from replacing it every couple of years will lower one’s carbon footprint. Another prevalent issue that will be discussed is the power consumption in … Continue reading 13.1 Electronics: Life Cycle Analysis-Power vs Embodied Carbon

13.2 Electronics: Cloud – gaming, Netflix and Storage

Author: Emaan Murad ABSTRACT: This article discusses the positive effects of Cloud Computing on the environment and how companies are acknowledging these benefits to help produce clean energy. Retrieved from: https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2018/05/17/microsoft-cloud-delivers-when-it-comes-to-energy-efficiency-and-carbon-emission-reductions-study-finds/ MAIN Cloud Computing at its basic is the accessing Associate in storing info in an external location instead of a local one. This includes … Continue reading 13.2 Electronics: Cloud – gaming, Netflix and Storage

13.4 Electronics: The Carbon Footprint of Social Media

Author: Shang, li ABSTRACT: Climate change is one of the most important challenges of our century, and its relevance to Carbon Dioxide (CO2) has been widely confirmed in scientific research. Despite the rising attention on this issue, many human-related activities have a hidden negative impact in terms of CO2 emissions. MAIN In today’s society, the … Continue reading 13.4 Electronics: The Carbon Footprint of Social Media

14.5 Waste: Circular Economy

Author: Nadia Kudritska ABSTRACT: Circular Economy is creating a closed loop system without waste. Image credit: Ellen MacArthur Foundation MAIN: Kenneth Boulding started with ‘open economy’ versus a ‘closed economy’. Later in 1989, David W. Pearce and R. Kerry Turner highlighted that linear-economics is designed to treat the environment as a dumping ground. As such, … Continue reading 14.5 Waste: Circular Economy