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And now for a slight rant that’s probably not directed at you.

Today I am going to share with you a rant.  The idea that we should continue buy crap that we don’t need in order to support the economy is unsustainable. The people who are mad at others that are not buying into over consumption use the term un-patriotic. I am still helping the country’s economy but in my own way.

I am a consumer. Sometimes I buy crap (or stuff I don’t need). But I try to consume consumables, like food and wine. I’m not just going to go to the dollar store and buy a bunch of plastic crap that I don’t need with the thought that it might help the economy. I am going to go to the local farm market and buy some delicious ingredients that will give me a wonderful meal. My money is still going into the economy. My way.

We will have to change. We will have to buy things that we truly need and love. We will then own them for years instead of owning 10 crappy versions that we can’t even find because our houses are too messy. Say it is a watch. When your watch is broken you will fix it. You will be helping the economy by supporting the person that fixed your watch. See how commerce can still occur in a land that doesn’t hoard or overly consume. Living within your means is hard to do but being out of debt (which we are not yet) is a great thing to obtain.

How do you try to support the economy in an eco-friendly way?


“The path to relative economic, social and ecological sustainability is guaranteed to be littered with failures of every nature and scale. If we recognize them and learn from them, the transition will proceed faster and in more resource-efficient ways. If, on the other hand, we prefer the short-term comfort of burying our failures, or of blaming scapegoats, the transition will be significantly slowed, or could even be derailed completely.”
John Elkington

“Education for sustainability is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. These actions will help ensure an environmentally sound and economically prosperous future.”
The Vision of Second Nature


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


3 thoughts on “And now for a slight rant that’s probably not directed at you.

  1. We have been brainwashed since the day we were born to become consumers, don’t be too hard on yourself for your very few crap purchases. You are an inspiration to me and I constantly find myself thinking “what would Stephanie do? And also “I hope Stephanie doesn’t find out” hehehe.

    Buy local I think is the most important step we can all take, that along with keeping chemicals out of our lives. We have power over the corporations (who I view as the evil that started the “economy” in the first place), without us spending our money on their crap we can send a message. This documentary is long, but so worth watching: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/ethos/

    Here’s an interesting image about the choices we really have: http://imgur.com/gallery/k0pv0 Most of the items shown we could do without, make ourselves, or even grow ourselves. We are addicted to convenience is why most of these items are purchased.


    Posted by Sarah Tobin | May 8, 2012, 11:53 am
  2. Whenever I hear that argument, I can’t help thing about George W. Bush’s comments after 9/11 that Americans just needed to get back to shopping to make all right again with the world. Sadly, solving the world’s problems are not as simple as a trip to the mall. If we curtail our shopping habits, the economy will adapt – I’ll take my chances on the economy but not with the environment. Awesome post.

    Posted by Erin | May 8, 2012, 12:21 pm

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