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Check, Please July 24, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Eco/Green.
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Ever wonder the impact you have on the environment when purchasing something like shoes or clothes? There has been a lot of emphasis recently on buying local…more so with food than with anything else. This can be seen with the 100-Mile Diet and the One Local Summer challenge where you only purchase foods that are grown, harvested, and/or manufactured within a 100 mile radius of your home. Way harder than anyone would think, trust me!

So what about other products? I came across a feature on Patagonia’s website called the Footprint Chronicles. Pick a Patagonia product and trace its footprint. Find out everything from the distance traveled to the carbon dioxide emissions produced from one product. It’s actually kind of mind-boggling to think that those Sugar & Spice shoes that I think are so cute actually traveled 18,950 miles from origin to distribution, while generating 51 pounds of CO2 emissions and 6 ounces of waste, and consuming 30 kWh of energy which they say is the equivalent of leaving a lamp with an 18 watt compact fluorescent bulb burning 24 hours a day for approximately 69 days. WOW, all that from a pair of shoes! That’s a lot to think about.

I’m sure these aren’t facts that we are going to take into consideration for every single purchase we make, but this site sure puts it all into perspective…let’s just call it an environmental reality check.

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1. Tiffany - July 31, 2008

Great post, Susan. I agree with you that we all tend to focus on local foods movement when so many other things are shipped all over the world. One thing I try to do is to buy clothes from thrift or resale stores since these items have already made their environmental impact. Of course, that doesn’t really work for a pair of tennis shoes!

2. smooregasbord - July 31, 2008

If you haven’t been to Secondi downtown, you should totally check it out. I got an Ann Taylor cashmere twin set there last winter for about $20. Talk about helping the environment and my wallet!!


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