This semester I had the opportunity to take an open studio course called "Sophomore Studio" where I was able to plan my own project. In 3 ideations, I worked on products and their traceable impact to a specific environment, and question how the buyer purchasing a product is paying to impact and/or contribute to the decline of a specific species who's habitat is touched at some point along the supply chain. I think if the radical transparency was there (sometimes it is!), fewer people would buy products knowing it impacted an animal they really cared about.
1. Woodland Caribou and Scott Toilet Paper
2. Coca Cola's expansion into South America, Climate Change issues, and the use of Polar Bear in branding.
3. Tiger Balm, exploitation and violent history of Camphor production for a product meant to alleviate pain.