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How sustainable a consumer are you?

Poll Results: When shopping for new goods I (pick best option):

 
  • 14% (3)
    Don't know how to judge 1 brand over another.
  • 38% (8)
    Don't care, it is my money. Screw the baby seals.
  • 9% (2)
    Research sustainability and pick 1 brand over another based on it.
  • 38% (8)
    Think about sustainability a little, but it doesnt really imapct my choices.
21 Total Votes  
post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Do you think about where your goods came from? Are they made from recycled materials, does the plant recycle waste, are they shipped half way around the world? If you learned Breitling (for example) invested in solar power at their facility, would you purchase from them over Rolex?

Would you know where to access this type of sustainability information about a brand if you were interested?

post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by Sixracer View Post
 

Do you think about where your goods came from?

No, I assume an animal (Dead Cow, Live sheep, Dead baby seal) or plant (cotton or linseed) for most of my clothing. Strip mining for anything metal, and forest clearing for wood.

 

Are they made from recycled materials, does the plant recycle waste, are they shipped half way around the world?

Not just no, but hell no. Editing to add that yes, some of my clothing is from Italy or England much from the US and a few from Canada and Switzerland (I think I have purged most made in China stuff so YEAH ME).

 

If you learned Breitling (for example) invested in solar power at their facility, would you purchase from them over Rolex?

No, that would be a stupid reason to choose a product. Then all the manufacturers would stop worrying about quality and start thinking of ways to impress impressionable college kids. First they would only source their metals from Fair Trade companies. Than they would plant a tree for every watch sold, than zero emissions at their factories. They would then have daycare for all of their workers. Then all their employees would become vegans and finally they would send you a fucking stick and a piece of recycled paper with directions on how to build a sundial. Just stick to making watches Breitling!!!

 

 

Would you know where to access this type of sustainability information about a brand if you were interested?

Since I have my Master's Degree in GoogleFoo, I could probably figure it out.

 

post #3 of 9
Après moi, le déluge
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Sixracer View Post
 

Do you think about where your goods came from? Are they made from recycled materials, does the plant recycle waste, are they shipped half way around the world? If you learned Breitling (for example) invested in solar power at their facility, would you purchase from them over Rolex?

Would you know where to access this type of sustainability information about a brand if you were interested?

 

 

I think most SF members are thinking about a different type of sustainability or environmental consciousness.  I personally am into craft and materials, so although this favours a renewable resource [wool] and ethical labour [my local tailor] its an entirely different slant.  Having an organic tailor/watch or shoe isn't so much important to me as 'is it any good?'

post #5 of 9
Brands? What are brands?
post #6 of 9
I prefer to sleep under comforters lined with the feathers of bald eagles and spotted owls.
post #7 of 9
I care a lot about it.
post #8 of 9
What's this thread about? sly.gif Welcome to Styleforum Sixracer.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am just curious what people have to say. I try to buy Wool sweaters made in neighboring VT (ibex), hickey suits and New Balance sneakers made in the USA but I have my share of goods that aren't so green. Just bought a bike from China for example. Wondering if consumers think about origin, materials, practices, etc.
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