Why DesignHeights?

Why DesignHeights?

INTRODUCTION

I've often wondered why it's so difficult to grasp the gravity of a problem when it's not happening in my neighborhood or to me directly. I have seen pollution and waste so much that it has begun to bother me. It's great to have a lot of things, but it's an issue when we start wasting them, especially when the waste starts to damage us and our environment. I spent my high school years in a small town in Massachusetts and did not observe much conservation in the areas of water, nature, or energy until I moved to California for my first two years of college. In California, I began to notice these adjustments being made gradually. From electric cars to motion-activated lighting in my apartment corridor to motion-activated faucets and sinks at my school, I was blown away. I was in an environment where people were aware of the importance of energy conservation. It's crucial to recognize that one individual who leaves the water running or the stove on, does not necessarily contribute significantly to energy consumption. However, when you consider this on a larger scale, it becomes concerning. One  could argue that conserving energy does not matter because our ecosystem is designed to restore and heal itself. This is true, but we must also recognize that things have changed dramatically in our day. Technology has enabled us to better utilize and understand our environmental resources, which is a good thing. People used to have to walk for miles to get somewhere, but now planes fly 24 hours a day, seven days a week, burning large amounts of fossil fuel and polluting the air. I enjoy flying, but is it economical to waste fossil fuels and pollute the air by flying every day? We can safely predict that if we push this efficiency any further than it needs to go, we will cause irreparable damage to our environment. After nearly three years in California, I am now a student at the University of Maryland, where I am finishing up my last two years of college. After being accepted into the Computer Science Program (yes, I am a nerd, unfortunately), I visited the campus before my first day of orientation and was blown away by the school's energy conservation policy. The school is a living example of what it means to be green and how to achieve sustainability. Because of my first impression of the school, I became even more interested in sustainability. As I dug farther into the rabbit hole, I began to do more research on the subject in general in my studies and learned even more. Clothing was one of the topics that resonated with me, and how harmful chemicals that are known to cause cancer, and other health issues, are frequently used in the production of our clothes. Polyester (a type of plastic) and other materials used in most apparel are harmful to the environment since they are not biodegradable. I started to understand how our clothing affects our health (by exposing us to toxins) and pollutes our environment on a daily basis.

DESIGNHEIGHTS

It is for this reason that DesignHeights exists. With DesignHeights, I hope to raise the bar on what people put on their bodies. Clothing should be free of toxins and be safe to wear. People wear whatever they want because they don't understand how it was made or because it is simply what they can afford. I want to make natural clothing affordable and accessible to all. That should be the norm and the natural order of things, people being able to wear naturally made clothing. However, since the introduction of plastics, genetically modified foods, and inorganic alternatives to various things, the natural way of life has been labeled as more expensive and inaccessible. It is quite ironic that third-world countries, which are typically economically poor, can enjoy the luxury of leading a normal life without having to pay too much for it. And I think it should be the same everywhere. This is what I hope to accomplish with DesignHeights. I believe it is critical to create a fashion culture where natural and organic clothing is affordable to all. It is important to note that I am currently a student and developing expert on the subject of sustainability. But, in order to run a business and figure out how to achieve my goal, I continue to immerse myself in the research process, and the University of Maryland (UMD) has been a hub for better understanding on this topic. It is also vital to ask questions as to why something is so expensive. Is it more difficult to grow organic crops? Is polyester more popular because of its cost-effectiveness? Why isn't the government regulating how many chemicals clothing manufacturers can use in their products? Is no one concerned that the amount of non-decomposable clothing waste will pose a problem for our generation or the next? As I gain more knowledge, I will begin to answer these questions. I can't tell you today that I'll be able to attain my goals quickly since I don't know the answers to these questions yet, and I often wonder why things are the way they are, with no one willing to improve them, or why fixing them is so difficult. But there is one thing I am confident of. I am not going to give up in achieving my goal. I also hope that as you read this, you will be able to join me on my path through DesignHeights to achieve normal, safe, and sustainable goals.

 

                                                         

 

                                                        Works Cited

Assoune, Alex.

“The Truth about Recycled Polyester Fabric Sustainability.” Panaprium, Panaprium, 16 Mar. 2021,

https://www.panaprium.com/blogs/i/recycled-polyester-fabric

Gilbère, Gloria, Ph.D

“Consumers Beware: Toxins Lurking in Your Clothing!” Total Health Magazine, Consumers Beware: Toxins Lurking in Your Clothing! | Allergies & Asthma | Articles | Magazine

 Iadaresta, Francesco et al. 

“Chemicals from textiles to skin: an in vitro permeation study of benzothiazole.” Environmental science and pollution research international vol. 25,25 (2018): 24629-24638. doi:10.1007/s11356-018-2448-6

Chemicals from textiles to skin: an in vitro permeation study of benzothiazole - PMC

 

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