Washington Post: A great article on the issue of consuming and basically how “being Green”, like eating healthly, starts off well but soon becomes a fashion statement and ethically the opposite.
The concept of Green is about using less/spending less, consuming less.
As green becomes more fashionable, green becomes a conscience-free way to spend all your “disposable” income and feel good about yourself. This misses the point entirely – we’re supposed to consume LESS to help the planet, not spend more that we were anyway but only on “green” items.
Congregation of the Church of the Holy Organic, let us buy.
Let us buy Anna Sova Luxury Organics Turkish towels, 900 grams per square meter, $58 apiece. Let us buy the eco-friendly 600-thread-count bed sheets, milled in Switzerland with U.S. cotton, $570 for queen-size.
Let us purge our closets of those sinful synthetics, purify ourselves in the flame of the soy candle at the altar of the immaculate Earth Weave rug, and let us buy, buy, buy until we are whipped into a beatific froth of free-range fulfillment.
And let us never consider the other organic option — not buying — because the new green consumer wants to consume, to be more celadon than emerald, in the right color family but muted, without all the hand-me-down baby clothes and out-of-date carpet.
See also a similar but gadget/tech based version – http://blog.fuchsiashock.co.uk/2008/03/greed-in-name-of-green.html