Nature’s Systems

Authored by: Louise St. Pierre

Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415828598
eBook ISBN: 9780203519943
Adobe ISBN: 9781134082957


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I write here as both an industrial designer and a farmer’s daughter. My connection to the land means that I see nature’s systems as inviolable, a view that has resulted in great internal conflict throughout my 30-year industrial design career. I have seen creative energy poured into projects that prioritized industry over the environment and noted time and again how chains of seemingly small decisions created momentum to carry us further and further from sustaining our natural world. From this perspective, I wonder: can we appreciate how urgent it is that we become more ecologically knowledgeable? Could greater ecological literacy then help us to distinguish industry rhetoric from ideas that genuinely steward the Earth? Ultimately, can we, as designers, producers and shapers of culture, shift the momentum of the fashion industry to support natural systems?

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