COGS (Cost of Goods Sold)
Do you care how durable your stuff is?
Lucky Roland, Mass Consumer. As time passes that definition seems increasingly harder to avoid. But how are you supposed to live without consumption? Whilst I love the concept of total self-sustenance, it is surely nothing but an ideal; a state of equilibrium simply unattainable in modern society.
And there is an obvious culprit, a villain whose grasp on the world’s progression is such that we will never catch up as they run, totality in hand, into the distance towards an unknown horizon. Money! Money is the common denominator, and it is impossible to participate in civilisation without it.
What I’m getting at with this indulgent existential shit is that there is a lot more than just money to be mindful of when you buy new stuff. Do you think about where something is made? Or what it’s made of? Or who made it? A lot goes into the footprint of every single product beyond just many sets of hands: base materials, fabrication, packaging, transport.
As such, things that cost money are a great opportunity to reduce your personal footprint.
For example: I used to be a weapon bargain hunter. I’d only shop during sales, and I’d prefer to do lots of shopping at once. My dollars went far, but on cheap shitty stuff that would be worn out within a year. Polyester clothes, crappy shoes, etc. I’m still a bargain hunter, but my definition of bargain has changed.
It took me a long time to learn to look beyond the price tags and aesthetic value of what I was buying. Now, it doesn’t make sense to not think about what something's made of, who makes it and how far away, how long it will last, will it need upgrading. I’m a shocker to shop with now as I read everything I possibly can. I will, however, divulge that I’ve actually saved good money by buying this way (albeit accidentally).
Acrylic = petroleum based.
Paper/cardboard = came from a tree. Duh 2.
Inorganic cotton = reliant on toxic chemicals in synthetic fertilisers and pesticides. Only 2.5% of the world’s farmland but using 16% of the world’s insecticides.
Everything you possess came from somewhere! Duh 3. Whilst that is a truly inane statement, I include it as I honestly couldn’t tell you where most of my stuff was made without just correctly guessing ‘China’ for a lot of it. Can you?
Considering I am a consistent participant in the trap, rather than condemn the current status quo I am simply advocating for more thinking. Because obviously sweet sweet dough doesn't come without hard yakka, so it doesn’t make sense not to have a hard think about how you spend it (not an excuse if you win/won the lottery).
So buy it local!
Buy it once!
Bulk up on good karma, vote green with your dollars. #votegreen