Click here for article from the San Francisco Chronicle that does a great job of articulating some of the points from my recent rant.
The point is this: the more "stuff" we consume, the more we exhaust the finite resources of our planet, the more we ruin habitat, the bigger mess we leave for future generations.
Have you ever thought about just how many products are on the shelves of the local Target or WalMart or Macy's? Can you picture all that stuff off the shelves and piled in front of the shop? Have you ever considered the raw materials it takes to make all the stuff for sale? Have you ever thought about all the miles all those goods traveled, and how much fuel it took to bring those things to your local store? Have you ever thought about all the plastic and paper that it took to make the wrappings and hang-tags to display those goods? The paper was made of wood pulp, which means destruction of forests, and the plastic is a petroleum product.
When you get those new socks home from the Target, you're going to throw that packaging right into the trash. And if the socks are anything like the past few pairs I've bought, they're not going to last much longer. If you buy new Christmas decorations every year, you're expending resources on something that's meant to be used for a few weeks, and then tossed into the landfill.
And caught in the middle of all of this are the animals whose homes are being chopped down to feed wood into the paper mills, and whose bodies are being drenched in oil spilled by container ships that transport all of these cheap consumer goods to market.
At the biggest buying season of the entire year, do take a moment to consider the hidden costs of your purchases.