With regard to social, ethical and environmental issues, as well as several others, I have already discussed this in one of my earlier posts. To add though, I have thought about the issues in more depth. Adapting from Fleer and Jane’s technological thinking (2011, p. 67), my product’s sustainable technological thinking is comprised in the following ways:
– Economic- the product enables clients and users to access both sustainable and stylish clothing (and other items) stores that have good value for money;
– Aesthetic- even if the clothing from the advised stores are recycled, the links I provide to the sustainable styling pages can aid in generating a quality of image in the market. With regard to my product’s aesthetic value, the webpage (my product) shall be designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible;
– Environmental- this part of the technological thinking process is quite simple in that the thrift store items are recycled, and this therefore has a clear environmental value to it;
– Moral- the moral value of thrift shopping can be great, as some organisations are non-for-profit and charitable. This therefore means that it can help/change the lives of many people;
– Spiritual/religious- because some thrift shop organisations are linked with certain churches or spiritual/religious centres, it is clear how this fits into the thinking. Not all of my product’s links will be spiritually/religiously linked, as well as linked to the moral thinking’s charitable value (as mentioned above), but it is important to incorporate this moral and spiritual/religious thinking as best as possible in order to create a product that meets with the many aspects of the technological thinking and process; and
– Social- the idea of thrift shopping is now much more popular to a wider variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. This is partly due to an increase in environmentally and socially conscious thinking. If we combine the above aspects of technological thinking and values, the social thinking and its value is increased immensely.
To gain more of an understanding regarding the positive thinking and value of thrift shopping, read:
Fleer, M., & Jane, B. (2011). Design and technology for children (3rd ed.). Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Australia.