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Feb 17, 2011, 11:41 AM #2
Amen to that, brother...
Feb 17, 2011, 03:08 PM #3Senior Member
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In order to buy local your shop must treat you with respect. I've found recently shops dont give you the level of care you would see only a few years ago. For example, you spend a few hundred on a board, throw in a pad or leash for free. Instead people try to milk you for every cent you have. I was burned by my local shop and am in the process of finding a new one to be loyal too. I like how they educate people but its a bigger issue than just buying a tee shirt from your shop. This is incredibly complex. In order to make a real difference you need to make REAL changes. Grow organic food, ride a bike, buy/make local cloths. People make seemly good choices but really dont know the impacts. Best quotes, "I'm a vegan because I care about how animals are treated and their quality of life" BUT.... they dont care about the migrant worker slaving to pick their veggies. Long story short, if you are going to make a change make sure its actually going to make a change.
Feb 17, 2011, 03:15 PM #4Senior Member
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Feb 17, 2011, 03:38 PM #5
It starts with us. What we do, and how we do it, on a daily basis. Little things add up to big things. There's a great little book called, "50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth." When I was teaching science, we started each class with one little tip from that book. It was recently re-published and has been revised. Little things you can do every day that over your lifetime, or throughout a community, can make a big difference.
all change is change whether big or small, we dont know the results of our actions but we still got to do our part.
you might be walking down the street and see a little candy wrapper on the floor, you go out of your way to pick it up and throw it out. that good action probally had close to zero impact worldwide, but the business man walking behind you, who saw u bend down to throw someone elses trash,,,,just got inspired to make his whole busi. recyclable.
so if your going to make change, you really dont have to know its gona work.. just do it.
Feb 17, 2011, 04:16 PM #7Banned
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- Mission Beach/Spring Lake
Your stupid if you dont shop around for the best deals. Plain and simple.
Feb 17, 2011, 04:20 PM #8
Feb 17, 2011, 04:21 PM #9Senior Member
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OK...this is what I meant. Yes, you may pick up the wrapper and throw is away, fine...That is good for your conscience and nothing more. That wrapper is going to be picked up by some waste management company and disposed of how THEY see fit. That wrapper needs to be transported via truck(gas,carbon) to its location. Recycling is great but there is still negative impacts to the earth. We are humans, we will ALWAYS be impacting our environment. Its been that way ever since we stood on two legs. We just have to make sure its sustainable with our current population. Make a change a REAL change. Grow a garden, teach someone how. Buy reduced biodegradable packaging. I agree each contribution makes a change but I think people need to THINK more about the actual problem. Prime example is Freeganism=finding use out of other people's garbage. Some people can live off the waste of others in this country. There is a lot of value in sh*t we toss.
Last edited by fupafest; Feb 17, 2011 at 04:25 PM.
oh man. I have my opinions on this and most of you won't agree with me but that's alright.
I would be happy to pay $1 more for a t-shirt or $5 more if I knew it was made in the US. But it's been a loooong time since I've seen a tag on a shirt that said made in the USA. 15-20 years ago a t-shirt was $17 now they are $17. Does anyone see anything wrong with that?
That's the problem, when you outsource everything to other countires where labor is cheap, the initial effect is great! You get $17 t-shirts. But eventually, when you do it enough your country and the companies in it become nothing but middle men.
While holiday shopping I got a sweater from Banana Republic for $7. I had to wonder, why is this nice sweater so cheap? We love our $7 sweaters but there will be a price to pay when our economy tanks because we no longer produce anything as a nation.
Of course the guy in that video says he would pay an extra $1 for a shirt. His sponsor, obviously Patagonia, probably sends him boxes of stuff for free. Doubt he's bought many t-shirts recently. If he was really worried about the environment, he shouldn't have flown to halfway around the world to have an interview with a factory worker.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. If anyone streams netflix, watch the movie called I.O.U.S.A. it's about 2-3 years old but it will make you think.
Last edited by wallysurfr; Feb 17, 2011 at 04:49 PM.