"We are transitioning from the age of design for the part to the age of design for the whole. This course provides students with the tools required to succeed in today’s dynamic market and a world of uncertainty. Systems thinking, languages of design, and product life cycles are integrated and they form the solid foundation for innovative products. Actionable theory is absorbed through market specific projects."
-MCAD Sustainable Design Course description
IAs part of the coursework for Systems Thinking, I conducted a lifecycle analysis on a garment I designed while at Kohl's. While entering the components into Sustainable Minds software, I realized that it was impossible to conduct an accurate lifecycle analysis without a completely transparent supply chain. It was also eye-opening to realize that each component was most likely sourced from a different country; the overall carbon impact from cradle to grave of the garment, though likely on the conservative side, was much more than I imagined.