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4. No Accountability

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In the past, corporations could deliver the goods without indicating what it took to got into your living room, how it would effect your health, and where it would go when it was done. But in the era of milk scandals, Bisphenol-A in baby bottles, cancer-causing formaldehyde in FIMA trailers, and overflowing landfills, that time has ended. On the grand scale, Life Cycle Assessment and Cradle to Cradle are relatively new terms, but slowly becoming the norm. Thinking about material reutilization, such as recycling or composting, is a must for a sustainable society, and many companies are slowly coming to terms with this.

5. Conspicuous Consumption

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Perhaps it is the global economy, perhaps it is more. But if you go to luxury retailer Hermès and slap down the cash, you can choose to carry out that $400 scarf in a discrete brown bag. With people loosing jobs and homes, conspicuous consumption--even for those that can still afford it--is on a downward spiral. The Economist reports,

Rolls-Royce’s customers can still afford the £300,000 ($450,000) asking price. The problem, as Mr Purves acknowledges, is that for some buyers, the "atmospherics" of splashing out on such a conspicuous symbol of wealth do not feel quite right.
While consumption may spur the economy, it also leads back to #3, too much stuff, and means we are spending valuable resources on things we don't need. Doing more with less is something we promote every day on TreeHugger--and if the rest of the world bites on to this idea, we'll all be better for it.

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