¿Qué es la moda sostenible?

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Como saben, la sostenibilidad es la razón de ser de Appropedia. Es por ello que con mucha alegría anunciamos que en nuestra wiki se desarrollará la plataforma de Fashion Revolution Encyclopedia, un proyecto liderado por Fashion Revolution Argentina. Buscamos convertirlo en un espacio donde equipos de países latinoamericanos de Fashion Revolution y nuevos voluntarios digitales contribuyan a desarrollar y compartir prácticas sostenibles para la industria de la moda.

Hoy en día, hay muchos problemas ambientales y sociales relacionados con la industria de la moda. Y así como el ritmo de la vida ha acelerado, también el ritmo de compra. Compramos cosas que realmente no necesitamos para ser desechadas casi que de forma inmediata, cuando en muchos casos podrían reutilizarse o reciclarse.

Esto ha llevado a la industria de la moda a producir más prendas cada vez más rápido, lo que se traduce en ropa barata y de mala calidad fabricada con productos químicos y dañinos para el medio ambiente. El término fast-fashion se ha acuñado para describir este modelo. Por fortuna, existe un enfoque más sostenible de la moda, basado en la producción ética para reducir los siguientes impactos:

  • Ambiental (reciclaje, reutilización, tejidos orgánicos certificados, procesos comerciales poco contaminantes o con menor uso de agua).
  • Social (cadena de suministro transparente, cadena de suministro corta, salarios justos, lugares de trabajo seguros, comercio justo).

¿Por qué la moda sostenible?

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Actualmente, la industria de la moda es insostenible, pero para fortuna de la humanidad, se han detectado numerosos brotes verde en esta tendencia. La industria de la moda ha comenzado a despertar y tomar conciencia de lo devastador que es el actual modelo, y de la necesidad de avanzar hacia uno más sostenible. El cambio no es fácil y, por supuesto, no se puede realizar rápidamente. Con esfuerzo, es posible revertir esta proclividad. 

Debemos empezar por implementar medidas sencillas pero asertivas para evolucionar hacia una forma más natural de producir y consumir moda.

La moda sostenible tiene como objetivo llegar a las raíces y promover transformaciones verdaderamente significativas como modelo alternativo. Exige un compromiso entre cantidad y calidad, un cambio de lo global a lo local y de consumir a fabricar. La sostenibilidad en la moda también pasa por un cambio de materiales y procesos.

Fashion Revolution Encyclopedia

Estamos muy emocionados de anunciar que Appropedia ha firmado un acuerdo de colaboración con Fashion Revolution, un movimiento sin fines de lucro que está movilizando a la comunidad internacional hacia una industria de la moda más sostenible, para desarrollar un compendio de prácticas para educar de una manera sostenible y equitativa.

La Fashion Revolution Encyclopedia tiene como objetivo servir como una plataforma de espacio abierto entre agentes culturales comprometidos con la moda sostenible, fomentar la reflexión sobre los desafíos actuales de sostenibilidad y promover prácticas de la industria de la moda más sostenibles y responsables.

La Fashion Revolution Encyclopedia en Appropedia apoyará la industria de la moda sostenible y la excelente gestión de los recursos naturales.

Para ayudarnos a enriquecer el portal, varios voluntarios estarán colaborando en la semana Fashion Revolution que tendrá lugar del 19 al 25 de abril.

Tú puedes ser parte de esta revolución desde la comodidad de tu casa.

What is sustainable fashion?

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As you well know, sustainability is the reason that Appropedia exists. This is why we are excited to serve as the Fashion Revolution Encyclopedia platform, a project led by Fashion Revolution Argentina.

We seek to turn it into a space where Latin American country teams of Fashion Revolution and new digital volunteers will contribute to developing and sharing sustainable practices for the fashion industry.

Nowadays, there are many environmental and social issues related to the fashion industry for all to see. As life rhythms have accelerated their pace, this is true also for the rhythms of purchase. We buy things that we don’t really need and throw them —even if they’re still usable after a few uses, without considering recycling or upcycling.

This has led the clothing industry to produce more garments faster and faster, and it translates into low-priced, poor-quality clothing manufactured using pollutants. The term fast-fashion has been coined to describe this model. Fortunately, a better and more sustainable approach to fashion exists, based on ethical production to reduce the following impacts:

  • Environmental (recycling, reuse, certified organic fabrics, low-polluting business processes, or with less use of water).
  • Social (transparent supply chain, short supply chain, fair wages, safe workplaces, fair trade).

Why sustainable fashion?

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The fashion industry, as of today, is unsustainable. Fortunately, numerous green shoots are detected in this overall negative trend. The fashion industry has started to awaken and become aware of how devastating this current model is and the need to move towards a more sustainable one. The change is not easy, and of course, it cannot be made quickly. With effort, it is possible to reverse this trend. 

We must start by implementing measures, which are simple at the beginning and increasingly more sophisticated to evolve towards a more natural way of producing and consuming fashion.

Sustainable fashion aims to get to the roots and kindle truly significant transformations as an alternative model. It demands a trade-off between quantity and quality, a shift from the global to the local, and from consuming to making. Sustainability in fashion also goes through a change in materials and processes.

Fashion Revolution Encyclopedia

We are very excited to announce that Appropedia has signed a collaboration agreement with Fashion Revolution, a nonprofit movement that is mobilizing a community towards a more sustainable fashion industry internationally, to develop a compendium of practices to educate a global community in a sustainable and equitable fashion.

The Fashion Revolution Encyclopedia aims to serve as an open space platform between cultural agents committed to sustainable fashion, encourage reflection on current sustainability challenges, and promote more sustainable and responsible fashion industry practices. 

The Fashion Revolution Encyclopedia portal on Appropedia will support the sustainable fashion industry and the excellent management of natural resources.

To help us enrich the portal, several volunteers will be collaborating on the Fashion Revolution week that will take place from April 19 to 25.

You can be part of this revolution from the comfort of your home.

How to contribute to Appropedia

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Our partners, Engineers Without Borders Australia, put us in touch with RDIC, a development organization doing great work with water filters and other development projects in Cambodia. They asked about contributing to Appropedia.

We’ve made some notes for you:

  • Appropedia is solution-oriented, not activist or political. (Discussion of policy is fine, but we seek to be apolitical. The promotion of sustainable and appropriate solutions is fine, but the main focus is on the solutions themselves).
  • Share anything as long as you are willing to let other people use it as they wish. We use an open license, allowing any use, including commercial, without additional approval, as this is the most effective way to ensure the information is used.
  • Share your information, but please share more: consider sharing designs, solutions that have worked for you, checklists that workers use in the field, project write-ups, how-tos, and/or successes as well as failures.  Don’t limit yourself – if it’s useful to you, it’s probably useful to someone in Thailand, Uganda, etc.
  • You don’t have to log in to Appropedia, but it’d be nicer if you do. Also, register your email under preferences; this helps people get in touch with you. Connecting with like-minded people is a great benefit here.
  • There’s a format bar above the edit box – play with it, but don’t worry too much.
  • Errors are easily reverted – so be bold!

For more information on how to start a new page – see Help:Creating a page.

Appropedia, a global community

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Can local groups and communities could use the wiki as their own way of connecting and sharing knowledge? Absolutely!

Appropedia is not only a living library, but:

  • A collaborative workspace, both to grow the library and for plotting real-world action.
  • A networking tool. While our platform (MediaWiki) is not designed as a social networking tool, this is a community full of hardcore sustainability buffs and problem-solvers worldwide and from all walks of life.
  • A “shell” within which communities can operate, serving their members and connecting with partners both local and distant. A community of communities, if you will.
  • A way of increasing profile & findability.
  • A way of increasing synergy. Why work on a greywater treatment page on a locally focused site with a small number of contributors and readers when you can work with a global community on making an awesome page?
  • You can have your own pages on your own projects, too, as part of a collection of designs from around the world. Be like the developer of the Home biogas system (Philippine BioDigesters), who received emails of thanks, along with design improvements, from around the world.

This was prompted by a question from Steven Walling during a presentation on Appropedia. It made us realize how far ahead Appropedia is when we envisage it, compared to what a visitor to the site sees today (e.g., the greywater treatment page is one-twentieth or one-hundredth as good as we’d like to see it). People already say how great the site is, but we foresee something much, much greater.

One year building sustainability

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Last month marked my first year as a part of The Appropedia Foundation as its first full-time Executive Director. This year helped me find out why Appropedia is one of the largest resources of sustainability in the world and to develop a new vision for the next years.

The year 2020 has shaken our collective worldview in many ways. A growing movement sees sustainability as increasingly critical to our survival. For the rest, the global pandemic is a reminder of how fragile human-made systems are. The message is clear: we need to return to simpler lifestyles with better consumption patterns. As people ask themselves how to do this, Appropedia contains many answers to this question.

This year I focused on three actions as part of my work on Appropedia: fundraising, organizing content, and building a new strategy. These actions will help us connect with a growing movement around sustainability and to build our community. Here are some exciting announcements for you:

1. We are building a short-term vision and doing lots of fundraising. This was possible through initial support from the Shuttleworth Foundation. Last month we received a grant from the Intuitive Foundation. With this, Appropedia will serve as a tool to transfer know-how and practical surgical skills. After this experience, we expect to support other organizations that research sustainability worldwide.

2. We are working on new technical features and a site redesign in the upcoming weeks that will help you engage with your content in better ways: exploring, editing, and learning. Among these, you will see:

  • A new front page design and some minor changes to the site, with better search capabilities, and finally, VisualEditor!
  • Later this year, we will install a new responsive skin. Please let us know your thoughts as we test it out.
  • We are implementing the Open Know-How standard to organize projects on Appropedia with their metadata. We are also planning on documenting hundreds of videos made by our community. Appropedia took part in the development of this standard, and we will continue to expand it as we make use of it.
  • We’re testing a new search tool. This will help you discover projects by keywords, development stage, and the SDG.

We’re excited to find out how these new tools and standards will help you discover and use projects on Appropedia! Let us know your thoughts by posting them at our Village Pump.

3. We have future plans for better project documentation, technical resources, and other types of content. Our goal is to bring new users of Appropedia to engage in new ways, especially in areas where we have worked over the years such as research, education, and international development.

  • Since 2019, Appropedia Foundation took part in developing technical specifications for open hardware as part of a project led by Open Source Ecology Germany with support from the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). DIN SPEC 3105-1 and 3105-2 will allow makers to communicate their projects more effectively. We will start implementing these tools for new projects soon.
  • For over a decade, many schools and universities have edited Appropedia as part of their curriculum. In turn, their work has been of use to researchers and communities around the world. In the short-term, we will focus on improving our education programs, especially for distance learning during this pandemic.
  • Our community has developed projects to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Many we are also studying how appropriate technologies can help families stay at home during the pandemic.
  • In the long term, we want to devise ways for organizations to find projects and replicate them as cheap alternatives to prevent and eliminate poverty. We also want to bring this knowledge closer to communities without a need for intermediaries by creating Know-How learning modules and Open Educational Resources in engaging and informative ways.

Appropedia is a great example of an organic open source community around Open Know-How. Different from Wikipedia and other encyclopedias, we explore solutions to practical problems. Here is what makes it interesting: there can be as many ways to solve a problem as there are problem solvers. For this reason, we are working in making sure that Appropedia becomes a place to come and learn from a wide range of contexts and experiences. This will require an exploration our physical relationship with our environment and our existential aims as humanity.

Having said this, I am honored to be a part of such a great community, and hope to give you more exciting news as we grow together.

Appropedia as a research open-source tool in education

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As many higher education institutions are quickly moving into designing and implementing online versions of their courses for students who are stuck at home, we have also seen the changes that education brings to the table at these times.

This is why I’d love to talk a bit about how Appropedia has managed to engage thousands of students in higher education courses through research and design for more than fifteen years.

Appropedia Founder Lonny Grafman did a TEDx talk regarding his experience as an educator with a hands-on approach. Much of this involved the use of Appropedia with his students.

How can Appropedia help students?

Besides being a large repository of open-source appropriate technology, Appropedia has served as an aid for online learning, for many years. Since its beginning, professors have used Appropedia as a way to guide their students to learn by doing, with a self-guided approach that allows students to adopt an article where they will write during a course.

Students will usually focus on a specific problem such as water quality, food security, sustainable agriculture, or health, working through a process where they learn about past projects and experiences documented on Appropedia while developing literature reviews and moving towards a physical design.

We aim for these open-source projects to be replicated by people who need to solve real, practical problems in different parts of the world.

Our most recent projects have focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. Students have explored, from their homes, how people worldwide be safe, prevent infections, and solve their basic needs with cheap and feasible solutions.

Ameyali handwashing station design, an approach to cheap handwashing in the developing world by Fátima Landáver, Andrea Pinzón, Génesis Tenorio and Jorge Mira. https://www.appropedia.org/Ameyali

As students turn in their work from home, designing and implementing open-source solutions is a good way to contribute to a more sustainable future for their own communities.

In memory of Paul Polak

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Last month, we received the news of Paul Polak‘s passing, an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience supporting the underserved. We send our condolences to his loved ones and hope that his legacy lives on for the community to create a more sustainable world.

Paul Polak and his role in Appropedia

For many years, Paul worked on developing and selling products that were cheap, durable, and usable for people at the pyramid base. He also supported us during the creation of The Appropedia Foundation, for which we are deeply grateful to him. We feel honored to have him as an ally of our work.

A couple of years ago, Lonny had the opportunity to record a series of interviews with Paul, speaking about his experience alleviating poverty through appropriate technology. Watch the interview below:

–Emilio Velis

Open access content on Appropedia

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CD3WD (CD for the 3rd World) and WikiGreen (the first major green wiki) have done enormous work getting permission for books and other great resources in sustainability and development and getting it online. All up, there are thousands of pages on specific agricultural subjects, appropriate technologies for building, and more.

Much of that content has ended up on Appropedia. It’s valuable content, and we are allowed to share it. But we’ve had a dilemma: it’s not under an open license, as far as we know. It’s open access but can’t be reused or modified, and certainly, there hasn’t been permission given to use commercially. That clashes with our default license.

So, do we remove it? That would be a great loss to the internet community when searching for answers on these important subjects. This is something we’ve agonized over. Instead, we are now placing notices on these pages, noting that these are exceptions to Appropedia’s regular license. So far, all the CD3WD pages that we have had the notices placed on them.

If you’re aware of any work which should not be displayed (i.e., the rights-owners do not give permission for it to be made available as open access), please let us know, and we will take action to fix things up (gain permission or remove it).

New Executive Director Appointed!

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Dear Appropedians!

Three years ago, we announced our search for a person to take over our ever-growing community’s operations and repository projects. Today we are happy to announce that we have finally found that person, and he began his work on June 20th. Please join us in welcoming Emilio Velis as our new Executive Director.

About Emilio Velis

Emilio developed his previous professional career over the past ten years on volunteer management and fundraising, most recently at Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. Emilio supported the design and improvement of service-learning and ethical volunteerism programs and other areas such as innovation and social resiliency.

At the same time, he founded and developed Red de Acción Comunitaria, a technological initiative of sensors and communications to empower rural communities in areas vulnerable to natural disasters. More recently, Emilio has focused on design and community engagement as the basis for collaborating in research for a wide variety of subjects such as citizen science, education, and violence prevention.

For the past few years, Emilio has participated on different networks that focus on openness and collaboration, such as Internet Society, the Fab Lab Network, and Creative Commons through local and international projects and governance. His work has opened the doors for him to collaborate on many different projects to explore the use of technologies for solving social problems in North and South America.

Our Board of Directors was very impressed with Emilio after seeing his experience, dedication, and track record on how technology and communities can build sustainability through well-focused programs of design and participation.

He has also shown his commitment to not only making open works more accessible to people who need them but also to learning how to best provide communities with the tools to make and share as equals and co-participants of the commons. Now that we have met him, we are very hopeful for the future of Appropedia and unanimously and confidently appointed him.

What will he bring to the table in this new role?

As the new Executive Director, Emilio is eager to work closely with the community to learn what motivates individuals and communities to document their local projects and find avenues on which these initiatives take life through replication and growth. As Appropedia grows and develops new ideas, he is committed to creating an open space for different groups that benefit from the thousands of articles and many experiences created by the community.

We believe that having a new Executive Director dedicated to the site’s operations and the execution of the many ideas that Appropedia has built over the years will open the possibility for the community to grow even more. He will base his work in San Salvador, from which he will find new opportunities for social change through the Appropedia Foundation.

The Board of Directors and the community warmly welcomes Emilio into Appropedia.


Thank you,

Lonny, Chris, Curt, Andrew & Kiva

This is why solar hot water is worth it

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There’s a big need for low cost, effective solar hot water designs. This is not just a matter of saving money (and, of course, all the other benefits of saving energy, like saving the planet). Many people worldwide do not have hot water on tap and would benefit from easier washing clothes and dishes.

We have some work detailed about solar hot water on Appropedia, built-in Parras, Mexico. These are largely sunny places – even a black pipe lying in the sun will create hot water. But what are the hottest water and the most straightforward, reliable product that someone can get for the money they spend?

One challenge that faces such countries is that they often have fossil fuel subsidies, especially those countries that are traditional oil-producers. Solar loses much of its economic advantage when fuel gets a subsidy.

Changing someone’s thinking to save a tiny amount of money is hard. But with other angles to complement the economic incentives, there is hope. Get kids involved, explain why solar hot water is better, get the ideas taught in the schools. Emphasize the green side of things, children’s benefits, and make the designs freely available in people’s own language.

By Solarkent.