I didn’t think irony was that hard to see. But, apparently it is.
And, the irony continues with Earth Day sales. Someone who does get it, The Good Human, has a great post up, Earth Day Is Not a Holiday for Shopping And, yes, he’s absolutely correct. While a few of my fair trade and green colleagues are sending out their email blasts touting their sales, I won’t have one. In fact, although Three Stone Steps is in the business of selling ethically sourced imports that are good for people and the planet, I think Earth Day should be another Buy Nothing Day. When we sell locally, as an itinerant retailer, we often tell people that we’re about as close to guilt free shopping as you can get, since we’re local, green, and fair trade, but, really, we’re still about consumption. We know that. Part of our mission is to think about ethical consumption, but, even though you’re buying a piece of Haitian metal art, made from used oil drums, which is made without the use of electricity, so besides for the shipping, doesn’t add one once to a carbon footprint, it’s not a substitute for doing something for Earth Day. Take a walk in the park, plant a tree, clean the alley, but don’t make shopping your main Earth Day activity. Of course, should you want to buy a recycled key chain, ethically made by a women’s collective in the Philippines, please do, but just keep in mind that shopping’s no substitute for doing.