Comment 71782

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted December 01, 2011 at 18:51:34 in reply to Comment 71770

What you buy matters too. Is it locally made? Will it last? Where did the raw materials come from? Is it an open-source design? Can it be recycled? What kind of wages did the workers likely see?

I've abstained from most or all of this stuff for years - not easy at first, but it isn't long before you start wondering why you ever shopped at Limeridge Mall in the first place. In the end, though, only one route seemed to really pay off, and that was learning to start producing these things myself. Not to say that I always make everything I consume, but it's taught me loads about nearly everything I see - furniture, clothing, food, beer, bikes - leading me to be a far more thoughtful and practical consumer.

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