Leyla’s Blog

When watching Leyla’s ted talk video, i was quite surprised at how enthused Leyla was about sustainability. Leyla is an ethical designer and she wants us to think about the net impact a product has on the environment. She has a lot of knowledge and resources and presents her presentation in a way that gets the audiences attention. she introduces some myths:

1. “Biodegradability”

This is a word used a lot in marketing, but it’s not what you think. Yes, when a natural material ends up in nature it biodegrades normally. But most of our discarded natural materials end up in landfills, anaerobic environments where the carbon molecules can’t break down and instead release methane, which is a 25 times more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Biodegradability, Acaroglu says, isn’t everything.

2. Fridges

Your fridge is great, but it’s killing the environment. And not just because it requires so much energy to run, but because it keeps things fresh — and keeps getting bigger, so it’s easier to fill with food … that you’re going to end up throwing out. According to Acaroglu, in the U.S. 40 percent of fresh food is wasted each year, amounting to $165 billion. Half of the world’s food is wasted, about 1.3 billion tons per annum. It comes down to the soggy lettuce, kept in a crisper that doesn’t keep things crisp. Acaroglu says: Design fridges that help prevent food waste from the start.

References

http://blog.ted.com/paper-or-plastic-or-what-leyla-acaroglu-at-ted2013/

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