consumerism

Green shopping: genuine change, or just another search for status?

Article: Green shopping: genuine change, or just another search for status?

So, do you look for labels such as “recycled,” “organic,” or “biodegradable” when you shop? Many of us do… but debates still rage over the overall impact of promoting green shopping as a means to lighten our collective footprint. Some argue we should meet people where they are… and that means addressing our self-image as consumers. Others counter that such tactics only maintain a status quo based on unsustainable resource inputs, and that we should be pushing for less consumption… particularly in the developed world. Such approaches may not only improve environmental quality, but also make us happier, as we’re not consumed by the need to get and spend.

Chris Jordan, Gyre – woodblock prints out of trash

Article: Chris Jordan, Gyre – woodblock prints out of trash

Artist Chris Jordan built this amazing 8′ x 11′ reproduction of Hokusai’s famous woodblock print, the Great Wave made entirely from just plastic trash collected from the Pacific Ocean.