Money Quote: Green Overspending

From Allison Arieff, in her New York Times design weblog [via The Boston Globe]:

The current mantra of “living green” seems to have everything to do with increased consumption of goods and services when it should in fact be the reverse.

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  1. GroovyGreen.com - Start Today :: Save Tomorrow : Blog Archive : Certified 100% Fair Trade Organic Pre-Composting Material in Biodegradeable Packaging said,

    October 16, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    [...] Via Worsted Witch: (via Boston Globe, by way of NYtimes, etc.) The current mantra of “living green” seems to have everything to do with increased consumption of goods and services when it should in fact be the reverse. [...]

  2. Amy Stodghill said,

    October 17, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    While I am against the over-consuming/disposable society we have become, the fact is we ARE living in a globalized, unstainable, consumer oriented world, and until that changes (hopefully sooner than later) I think it is better for people to buy green/socially responsible products if they’re going to buy - and maybe buying smarter will do a little to raise people’s awareness level about their over-consumption habits and the externalities of them….

  3. Harmony said,

    October 17, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    My personal belief is that we are slowly waking up from our “better living from more things” stupor and transitioning to quality living through thoughtful things. I see the green movement as a step in a more thoughtful direction which will lead to less consumption….at least that’s what I am hoping happens.

  4. Liz said,

    October 18, 2006 at 9:32 am

    I dunno. I agree with the quote. To live a green life, you don’t need to replace every last thing that you’ve got. Sure, I could replace my Civic with a Prius, but there are a lot of environmental costs that go into making that Prius so I can be more “green” and burn less gas. Maybe I should just burn less gas by driving less.

    It’s like this new “Red” campaign for AIDS. People won’t give any money toward a charity, unless it comes with a reward. Do you REALLY need a new iPod because Apple gives 10 bucks to AIDS research? How ’bout giving your own $10 and keeping the iPod you already have. Jeez.

  5. Amelia said,

    November 6, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    I agree with this quote. The problem isn’t that green alternatives are being offered. Rather, people are replacing perfectly good non-green things for no other reason than they are non-green. We need to reuse the existing items we have, and when those are completely worn out, start focusing on replacing with green alternatives. It still takes a considerable amount of energy to provide “sustainable alternatives.”

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