Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Our Lives Are Filled With Worthless Crap That's Destroying the Earth: Here's What You Can Do | Environment | AlterNet

The way to lower the quantity of energy required to make and distribute short-lived consumer goods is to make them durable, repairable and upgradable. And to buy less stuff. Now nearly everything is produced in China and made to be discarded. According to a 2008 report by the Economic Policy Institute, the United States imported $320 billion in Chinese goods in 2007. In that year alone, this country imported $26.3 billion in apparel and accessories, $108.5 billion in computers and electronic products, and $15.3 billion in furniture and fixtures from China. The manufacture, distribution and disposal of an ever-growing mountain of short-lived consumer goods has taken an enormous environmental toll. Annie Leonard’s website “The Story of Stuff,” which has garnered more than 7 million views in less than two years, has helped spread awareness of that cost far beyond the usual environmentalist circles. Functional obsolescence and fashion obsolescence.

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