Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Amy sent me this essay written by Rick Ridgeway from Patagonia (clothing). If you aren't already aware, Patagonia has been a leader in sustainable, fair-trade clothing production since their founding, and is a very well respected company among environmentalists. Please read the essay - I think you will see the connection to our recent class discussions, and leave a comment. I am interested in anything from grandiose thoughts about whether or not there can be such a thing as "sustainable growth" to your awareness about yourself as a consumer. Do you buy things you don't need? Do you conscientiously purchase items that were produced in a way that doesn't exploit workers or harm the environment, even if it costs a bit more? What trade-offs do you make? How aware of the environmental costs of your "stuff" are you? "The Story of Stuff." Most of us, even after tying to educate ourselves, don't fully appreciate what's involved in supplying us with the items we use and consume.