Saturday, August 25, 2007

Is eBay Green?

In an attempt to not buy any new stuff I bought a pair of shoes on eBay on Friday. As I got to thinking about it, though, I realized that eBay may not be such a great choice if you are trying to go The Compact route and not buy any new stuff for a year. I think those shoes are coming from Colorado, which is about the same as buying carrots from California -- it uses an unbelievable amount of energy to cart it to Florida via USPS. On the social environmentalism front, I'm not supporting potentially exploitive conditions for workers by buying used shoes, but the long-distance travel my shoes will make is troubling. Perhaps I should limit my search using the 100-mile diet constraints.
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