Three “green” products that recently arrived at my house got me thinking about the idea of sustainable consumption.
Which of these three do you think moves us closer to sustainable consumption?
Which takes us farther away?
This is a bottle of dish and hand soap from Method. The package is made from recycled ocean plastic.
To understand why, let me try to define sustainable consumption: It’s the consumption of a product that leaves the world no worse off–and ideally better off–than if it were never made. But it’s got to be more than that–the product has to be appealing and affordable, too. Very few products meet that test today. But it’s not hard to see what sustainable consumption would look like–products would be made using renewable energy, and they would be made into something else when they are done. A world powered by renewable energy with zero waste would be sustainable, more or less, or at least a lot more sustainable than the polluting, wasteful, throwaway system of production and consumption that we have now. [click to continue…]