Posts Tagged ‘Local’

Spread It Around

China’s coal power grid causes huge amounts global pollution. It is estimated that on a given day, up to 25% of the pollution over Los Angeles originated in China. According to the World Bank, China’s pollution related health costs amount to 4.3% of its GDP! If you buy Chinese goods, your contributing to this (rapid)destruction of the environment. Sure “Made In China” is hard to avoid these days, but with minimal effort you would be surprised how easy it is to spread your purchases around to Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, India, Turkey, etc. Lets make the global economy truly global!

Buy Local

Trucking of goods from distant producers contributes to pollution and traffic. Smaller local producers are also more likely to use sustainable and ecoconscience practices. Profits from your purchases are taxed locally, directly benefiting the roads you travel and the quality of the schools in your area. Salaries paid by the producer sustain regional economic growth.

•    Buy locally grown/produced food: If you live in New England like I do, buy Cabot Cheddar instead of Kraft; Hannaford cold cuts instead of Hormel or Healthy Choice; Stoneyfield Farms Dairy instead of Hood.•   When shopping for clothes, but the items made in the USA or Mexico, not shipped across the ocean on a heavily polluting diesel powered cargo ship. A simple “USA” search when browsing most online retailers will return the items manufactured domestically. Avoid The Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, besides looking like everyone else, you won’t be able to find clothes made domestically.Try these companies:

American Apparel
New Ballance
Zappos with “USA” search
Eddie Bauer with “USA” search

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Commentary from an Aerospace Engineer, Environmentalist, Capitalist, Conspiracy Theorist

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