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The Sustainability of Materials

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Companies, designers, and consumers all have a responsibility to produce, design, and consume products more consciously - but how? In this short episode of FutureFuture, hosts Phnam and Mardis Bagley share creative behavior changes we can adopt to mitigate harm to the planet. Did you know that as of 2020, the weight of human made products and structures has surpassed the weight of the Earth’s biosphere? This is a scary fact. Why do we continue to consume so much? The future of materials kinder to the Earth and its biosphere, more sustainable, and higher performance. We are in the infancy of self-healing technologies that would significantly slow down the rate of consumption we have been enjoying since the First Industrial Revolution. How do we teach the next generation of children to think of the objects and materials they surround themselves with, and the impact each of these objects have on others? How do we stop pretending that everything will sort itself out while entire villages are being inundated with foreign trash? We invite you to share personal stories of how you relate to the sustainability of your consumption habits. Have you seen endless amounts of trash polluting communities, harming ecosystems and making people sick? How did seeing these make you feel? Do people who live in the middle of this insanity see an end to it? What smart innovations have been invented to reverse the negative effects we are responsible for? How is our understanding of sustainability in materials going to influence the future of humans as we settle on the Moon, Mars or on orbit for long periods of time? Perhaps, we could get inspired from these extreme scenarios to radically change the way we live onSpaceship Earth. What if people had a positive influence on the planet itself, much like trees do? How would that influence the way we bring up our children and speak about the way we make material decisions?

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