Steve does our egg-shopping at Costco and was relating the dilemma he faced when choosing between the organic eggs or factory-farmed eggs. The organic eggs were, of course, more expensive, and packaged in a pop-open clear plastic container. The cheap eggs had layers of egg carton cardboard and were housed inside of a cardboard box.
It reminded me of a slightly depressing article I read recently about “The Worst Place On Earth,” which talks about the environmental cost of our tech: my smartphone, my computer, the batteries of electric cars and even wind turbines. Trying to be “green” with wind power and battery-powered cars can still have some devastating results on the environment.
How do you weigh the cost of dumping disposable diapers in landfills versus considering the plastics used in creating our bumGenius reusable diapers and the hundreds of gallons of water we spent washing those diapers? I make a living with my shiny Macbook Pro while knowing that the people who pieced together this computer did so in sometimes dehumanizing and dangerous conditions (and now knowing that the “shiny” comes from minerals mined from The Worst Place On Earth).
We have great buying power, but I’m not sure we’re ready for that responsibility.