It's inexpensive to buy goods shipped here from halfway around the world, because Fossil fuel companies receive more than $5T a year in subsidiesFossil fuel companies receive more than $5T a year in subsidies
Update: It's now $7T. (source)
According to the IMF.
But we all pay for it in environmental impact. Your grandkids will pay for it, too (if you have grandkids). Consider side effectsConsider side effects
Here's an example of a side effect: Every place on earth has unsafe levels of plastic in the rainwater.
Seems bad. How do we do less of this?
When considering a change, especially a technolog....
Beyond that: if you want to Avoid giving money to people, organizations, or causes you hate (if you can help it)Avoid giving money to people, organizations, or causes you hate (if you can help it)
"There's no ethical consumption under capitalism" IDK maybe? But there's buying food from a company that underpays its workers while dumping chemicals into a river, and there's buying food from an ..., it's easier to do when you know and share a community with the folks who produce the stuff you buy.
Buying locally can also be a way to Minimize your plastic consumptionMinimize your plastic consumption
You'll always be consuming some, since Every place on earth has unsafe levels of plastic in the rainwater.
But you can reduce your consumption, and you should, because at least according to on....