As we discussed last week about my practices on saving and reducing my water consumption, I have yet to feel like I have made positive contributions this week. Habits are hard to break, but I am now very conscious about not leaving water to run while I brush my teeth, or wait to get in the shower. I focused another week to reducing my water footprint because I can do more, and I find that water is essential for our daily needs, not just for humans but for our environment as well.

This week, I actually made handout for my apartment complex, called, “Reduce the use,” this handout listed many great practices for my neighbors, and for myself to implement. I want to make this my largest contribution as I focus on water conservation.

Conserving water can also extend the life your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. The smaller amount of water flowing through these systems, the lower the likelihood of pollution (25 ways to conserve water in the home and yard, 2012).

Below you will find a sample of great practices that I included in my pamplet that can also help your contribution and help keep our water abundant.

*** Check faucets and pipes for leaks – A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.

*** Do  not use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket- Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue, or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons is wasted.

   —75% of water used is in the bathroom, and 25% of this is for the toilet

*** Take shorter showers- One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn back on to rinse. A four minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.

Changes made in our home will add up quickly in neighborhoods across the country. If one in every 10 American homes upgrades a full bathroom with WaterSense labeled fixtures, we could save about 74 million gallons of water and about $1.6 billion in our utility bills nationwide per year (EPA).

I have made significant changes in my behaviors because I am guilty in my efforts and I have lacked responsibility in my awareness of my behaviors to save water.  Make the commitment today and REDUCE YOUR USE~

MB

                         References:

Connect with Watersense.(2012). EPA. Retrieved on October 6, 2012 from http://www.epa.gov/owm/water-efficiency/our_water/connect_with_watersense.html

25 ways to conserve water in the home and yard. (2012). Eartheasy. Retrieved on October 6, 2012 from http://eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm

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Sustainable ME journey

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Remain and Sustain(ability)

I must admit I have been quite successful over these last two weeks with my initiative to conserve the amount of water I usually waste. The challenge was certainly being mindful of turning off the water while I brushed my teeth, waiting on the shower, even the amount of time while in the shower. I used this water calculator to help me track my usage and if I was truly doing justice for the environment by lowering my consumption of water usage on a daily basis. Check out this link to see how you can improve your water use patterns, this calculator includes a tracker for household activities both inside and outside of your home on a daily, monthly or yearly basis http://www.csgnetwork.com/waterusagecalc.html.

Water Conservation: You must be the difference

Imagine your small impact with changes to your patterns and how you consume water. After I calculated the use of my water over these last two weeks, I have made a difference.  According to the Desert Water Agency, my household uses less  than the per capita amount at 25915 gallons every year. Not only does water recycling saves on water waste it also contributes to saving energy.  This leads me to my next venture on saving energy because I have negative behaviors that contribute to my high electricity bill, such as leaving most of all the lights on even when I am not occupied in those areas. I leave the television on while I am using my laptop,appliances plugged in while not in use, and my list of behaviors are a mile long. However, I can say that since my awareness with water conservation by not leaving the water running, taking shorter showers, washing when the temperatures are at the lowest of the day, using a water filter instead of buying water every week, brings me several steps closer to reaching a sustainable goal that I can accomplish. Join me next week for another journey on how I can now reduce my energy levels.

Need more tips on how to conserve water? Enjoy the video below…and start your sustainable efforts today!

MB

References:

   Water Recycling. (n.d). Desert Water. Retrieved on September 27, 2012 from http://www.dwa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42&Itemid=97

Water conservation tips-How to conserve at home video. (n.d). Retrieved on September 28, 2012 from http://www.howdini.com/howdini-video-6697139.html.

The Six-Month Merchandise Plan

Learning Objectives:

The Merchandise Plan is used to project the sales, inventory, and profit goals for a department or an entire store for each month within a six-month period. Students were required to complete a Six-Month Merchandise Plan to show their knowledge of the relationships that exist between net sales, markdowns, inventory, purchases, gross margin, etc.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The calculations of formulas are critical in creating a merchandise plan for example, BOM, GMROI, and IMU.
  • The merchandise plan helps with achieving desired sales, profit goals, and how to spend an organization’s capital wisely.
  • Learning the fundamentals will help careful planning with knowledge of carrying the “right” stock and “right” quantities.

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  FASHION! I think I have a great eye for future fashion developments. During this semester at the University of North Texas, I have learned much about the fundamentals of fashion merchandising.  This Junior year, has given me first-rate insight and more passion that has been fueled with more fire for fashion. Over the course of the semester, I was given several e-portfolio pieces that included both a verbal and visual description. I have included several of my polyvore sets in this blog to understand my reasoning of the elements I chose to represent the trend of the following; an ethnic style to modernize and bring into mainstream, converge technology with fashion, along with sustainability and going green. I share my summary of presentations and hopefully you would also find interest of what the future my bring to fashion.

Many fashion designers are inspired by images, symbols, culture, or even an idea stemmed by someone else. I find that India has an emerging ethnic influence on Western culture through fashion.  India, a very traditional and conservative world, oftentimes understands the meaning of comfort and color. Between 2008 and 2012, the Indian fashion industry is expected to grow 178%. (Grail Research, 2009). I find India’s spiritual and political impacts, now adopted in the Western hemisphere.  Below you will see how I have added in my visual presentation, that the Nehri jacket/collared shirt, the drop-crouch pants, and jodhpurs boots for what I call “Indianizing” which is sure to follow in our future fashion trends.

   My next presentation, I introduced a new textile called Sonic Fabric. This textile was exciting because  Alyce Santoro, now resides in Marfa, Texas from Brooklyn, NY describes her discovery, “a beautiful, tightly-woven functional material” (Poole, 2011). Sonic fabric incorporates 50% polyester thread, and 50% audiocassette tape recorded with intricate collages of sound (Yoneda, 2009). Amazingly, after my researching on sonic fabric, I found that the sounds/music from the mix-tapes is integrated causing strands of different colors within the looped material (Santoro, 2003). I feel this trend can inspire those musical trendsetters like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj, as well as, fashion forward leaders in the business.

Lastly, have you made the switch from plastic to canvas? According to Reuseit.com, 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year around the world, which is about 1 million plastic bags used every minute (Mitchell, Plastic Bags? Bring Canvas Shopping Bags Instead). Indeed, plastic bags do take their toll. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that in the United States alone more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are used each year. Americans throw away about 100 billion plastic bags each year,according to the Worldwatch Institute, as only 0.6 percent to 1 percent of them are ever recycled (Sixwise.com). Now that many have become aware of the hazards caused to animals, small children, and our environment, there has been a rapid onset for an eco-trend for use of canvas bags. Whole Foods stores have a campaign in place in which they give customers 10 cents off their bill for each

plastic grocery bag that they bring in and reuse (Sixwise.com). Not to mention the ever so popular “I’m not a plastic bag,” made by Anya Hindmarch, a London designer known for bags that range to $1,500 and beyond (Andrews, 2007). I imagine this ec0-trend of recycling plastic bags will transfer into designs and become a development of future fashions.

Guess we will see how my future developments stack up against the fashion world!

MB

References:

India‘s fashion industry faces challenges to go global. (2011). Retrieved 12, February, 2012, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12802494

Sonic Fabric Needs Your Help. (2011). Retrieved February 26, 2012, from http://imprint.printmag.com/fashion/sonic-fabric-needs-your-help/

New! Sonic Fabric Fedoras Made From Recycled Cassette Tape. (2009). Wearable Technology. Retrieved February 26, 2012, from http://www.ecouterre.com/new-sonic-fabric-fedoras-made-from-recycled-cassette-tape/

 Plastic Bags? Bring Canvas Shopping Bags Instead. (n.d).  Deborah Mitchell. Retrieved on March 28, 2012, from http://www.volunteerguide.org/minutes/service-projects/plastic-bags

 Should You Ban Plastic Bags From Your Life:Six Reasons You May Want to Consider It.  (n.d.)Sixwise.com. Retrieved on March 29, 2012, from www.SixWise.com

Andrews, K. (2007, August 11). ECO-TREND: I’m not a plastic bag! Retrieved on March 31, 2012, from http://inhabitat.com/i-am-not-a-plastic-bag/

Bespoke tailoring

Can we say it’s true that Simon Spurr is a hauterfly.  For those new to this British word, its means a fashion industry insider or a person heavily involved in the industry’s social scene. Guess you can say I find interesting terms especially from doubledtongued.org. A rad site to learn different sayings or slang words commonly used abroad. Simon Spurr, a British designer that has caused quite the stur with his craft and highly-acclaimed fashion. High-end of course.

Simon Spurr born in Kent, England somehow had a natural talent for the craft it takes to become a fashion designer. I say it must come natural, if you are able to cut out fabric into a pant without a pattern, sew them, and the fit come out precisely. This was the exact actions of Simon Spurr, and quite the precision needed for quality tailoring. It’s quite amazing how some fashion designers set out first in a different direction, in this case Simon pursued art first from Kent Institute of Art and Design. Simon then went on to graduate in 1996 from Middlesex University in London (Cohen, 2010).

Simon Spurr, after graduation landed jobs in New York at Nautica, CK Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Then, in 2006, Spurr left to go solo and launch Spurr, a denim-centric line of mostly casual clothing (Underwood, 2011). After five years past, the name was created and high-end suits and sportswear became branded in 2009. Simon Spurr, was on the rise and his undeniable label of tailored pieces, such as the raincoat with leather sleeves, the blazer with laminate lapels, and his choices of color and texture.  I am sure women can appreciate the confidence of his collections.  Simon Spurr, brings confidence back in menswear again with these tailored, more colorful tones. Why play it safe, when you can play it sexy.

As a newly recent star in the fashion industry, Simon Spurr, has achieved much success and although he is not under his own fashion house at this time, however as Tommy Hilfiger’s creative consultant for the men’s runway collection, he has greatly had an effect on how men are dressing and what styles are being purchased.

In January 2012, Spurr merged his two lines, SPURR and SIMON SPURR, to create a more expansive collection under the SIMON SPURR moniker (Palmieri, 2011).  Not to mention, the winner of Rising Star Award, menswear by Fashion Group International (Karimzadeh, 2012). While we await the winner, Simon Spurr is also currently nominated by CFDA for Menswear Designer of the Year (Cowles, 2012).

I am very excited to see such appreciated construction as I too love menswear. I am starting to see my interest which continues to show variants of the modernized, classic approach found in menswear.  Simon Spurr, a designer, I find highly favorable.

Simon Spurr

MB

References:

Karimzadeh, Marc (2012). “FGI Honors Young Designers”. WWD (January 26). Retrieved on April 5, 2012, from http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-features/fashion-group-honors-young-designers-5575346

 Palmieri, Jean E. (2011). “Simpler Spurr”. WWD (January 13): 11.

Cohen, Michael (2010). “Future Stars of Fashion: Simon Spurr”. SOMA Magazine (November). Retrieved on April, 5 2012, from http://www.somamagazine.com/simon-spurr/

Underwood, Paul (2011). “Tough Swagger Confident: What Simon Spurr and his suits can do for you”. Esquire Magazine (November): 78–79.  Retrieved on April 5, 2012, from http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/simon-spurr-bio-1111.

Cowles, Charlotte (2012). “Simon Spurr Exits His Label Under Mysterious Circumstances.” Nymag.com (March 19.) Retrieved on April 5, 2012 from http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2012/03/simon-spurr-exits-under-mysterious-circumstances.html

Where shall I begin? I brought you an interesting creation by Suzanne Lee with fermented fashion, now I am compelled to bring you yet another innovative thought of fabric; it was only fair to post about both of these women whom share a unique story behind their attempt to enhance the quality of life for everyone. I wonder sometimes exactly how the mind could gather so many intriguing ideas to end up with one astonishing finished, yet tangible result. So I am excited to introduce designer Helen Storey along with chemist Tony Ryan that collaborated to proliferate apparel that filters pollution from the air, known as Catalytic Clothing. No, it has nothing to do with vehicles. Trust me, when I first came across the name of this brand, I seriously thought it was about a car part, you know the catalytic converter.  The whole reason why we are charged the $40 fee for a State Inspection, if you live in Texas, or like some other states such as, Tennessee you have a $10 emission fee just to ensure your vehicle does less harm in polluting the quality of the air.  The two main sources of pollutants in urban areas are transportation (predominantly automobiles) and fuel combustion in stationary sources, including residential, commercial, and industrial heating and cooling and coal-burning power plants (Socha, 2007). So hopefully, you have a mental impression of exactly where we are headed from here.  If not, I was going to tell you anyway.

Inhale

Helen Storey and Tony Ryan state that Catalytic Clothing is a radical partnership bringing together the worlds of fashion and chemistry with the potential to clean the air we breathe (Dezeen Magazine, 2011). I will try not to lose you with all the compositions and terminology of chemistry. For the fabric that is being developed by Catalytic Clothing, photo catalysts are delivered to the surface of the clothing during the traditional laundry procedure as an additive within a standard product such as a fabric conditioner. The active agent is packaged within a shell that is attracted towards, and subsequently binds to, the surface of the clothing during the washing cycle. In the final product, when the fabric comes in contact with air or water, the photo catalysts break down the pollutants they encounter, thus purifying the medium. Pollutants that are not immediately broken down are, like normal clothing, washed off during subsequent laundering (Meryn, 2011).

If the entire campus at the University of North Texas wore clothing that was able to filter pollution, just imagine how great it would feel to know the air consumed could add to your life. Scientists at Brigham Young University and the Harvard School of Public Health found that life expectancy in 51 U.S. cities had increased by about three years in recent decades and that at least five months of that time could be attributed to better air quality (McKinnon, 2012).  In the meantime, I guess we will be waiting to exhale all the pollutants that we are sometimes oblivious to, and for the next best fabric that could truly be the fabric of our lives.

MB

References:

Meryn, Richard. (2011, August 17). Fabric that Purifies Air: Green Fashion with Catalytic Clothing. Retrieved March 15, 2012, from http://www.industryleadersmagazine.com/fabric-that-purifies-air-green-fashion-with-catalytic-clothing/

Socha, Tom. ( 2007, September 9). Air Polltion Causes and Effects. Retrieved March 15, 2012, from http://healthandenergy.com/air_pollution_causes.htm

 McKinnon, Shaun. (2012, January 29). A battle to breathe. Retrieved March 14, 2012, from http://www.usatoday.com/USCP/PNI/Nation/World/2012-01-29-PNI0122met-air-risks_ST_U.htm

Catalytic Clothing by Helen Story and Tony Ryan. (2011, June 15). Retrieved March 15, 2012, from http://www.dezeen.com/2011/06/15/catalytic-clothing-by-helen-storey-and-tony-ryan/

Timex TX54 disposable nail watch design concept

Time flies when you are busy creating an idea built from technology and wise experimentation. The world was introduced to this concept named, “Timex 2154,” in 2004 with collaborated help from Core77 (Core77 Army, 2012). Core77 held a global design competition and surprisingly everyone, Timex was only the runner-up. Timex may only be the honorable mention, but still a winner for staying power since renamed in the 1960s (Timex History, 2007). I had a Timex many, many, many, well not that many years ago, that I could only wear for a short period of time since the watch always knew when to pull the hair from my wrist.

Timex, one of the best known watch companies in the world, reached its milestone 150th Anniversary this year. Throughout its long and rich history, Timex has remained at the forefront of advanced technology, developing iconic and internationally recognized timepieces. From the first mass-produced, affordable pocket watches to Indiglo night-light, the company’s propriety watch illumination technology, has been driven by the advancement of state-of-the-art timekeeping (Timex TX54, 2008).

Timex was also known for completely dominating the low-price market, with designing for women first, then in 1961 established men’s wristwatches (Jamaluddin, 2008). There is no update as of yet, if this will even come into fruition, but I surely hope so, perhaps year 2154? I am not into the nail polish phenomenon. No O.P.I. bandwagon sponsor here. However, I am sure Nicki Minaj, Justin Beiber or even Zoya would love to add their name to this disposable look, and create quite the stir in the streets. I would not be surprised if you see men “rocking” this cool concept, since some may think nail polish is a bit extreme. Have you ever thought about the price of such a design? No publication yet found on the price for the TX2154. If I had a hand in deciding the price point, I would probably sell the watches like contacts, a box of 6 for about $39.99. Maybe one day, we can truly see this wearable technology manufactured and produced for the masses. In the meantime, I give it two thumbs up!!

Excuse me, but do you have the time?

References:

Timex History. (2007,  May). Retrieved March 8, 2012, from http://www.pmwf.com/TimexOnlineMuseum/TimexHistory.htm

The Core77 Army. (n.d).  Retrieved March 7, 2012, from  http://www.core77.com/about/

Timex TX54 Disposable Nail Watch Timex 2154. ( 2008, July 22). Retrieved March 7, 2012, from  http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=867334

Jamaluddin, A. Nail watch: The future of telling time? (2008, July 18). Retrieved March 6, 2012, from http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9993957-1.html