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You Are Responsible For Everything You Buy – McDearis & Pappas

You are responsible for everything you buy—from the health and working conditions of the workers who mine the natural resources and those who manufacture the products, to the marketing practices, to the overuse of natural resources, to the inevitable disposal. Even more tragic is our inability to align our very admirable values related to sustainability with our unenlightened and selfish buying behaviors, for it is individual behavior that creates the foundation for action in environmental, social, economic, and individual sustainability.

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7 thoughts on “You Are Responsible For Everything You Buy – McDearis & Pappas”

  1. It appears that from a young age, the average American is introduced to the social value of tangible products. As a consumer myself, I have always focused on the reputation of items as a necessary part of social acceptability. I have rarely thought about the actual producers of the food, clothing, and other items that I buy or the affects that production might have on the environment. Cell phones, specifically scare me after watching this video. I personally know that technologically, it seems that our nation is constantly advancing and with progress comes updates and the consumption of new gadgets. I can’t help but wonder how much worse our environment and working conditions are projected to become.

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  2. This video really opened my eyes to the wrongdoings of corporations and the working conditions that people from third world countries go through. As a consumer, I have never thought about where the product comes from, who assembled it, or even the effects on the environment that my purchases have. I feel that myself and other people in first world countries have difficulty seeing past the price tag is because we are materialistic, and only care about how the product makes us look or feel. Now that I have watched this video, I will be more considerate when I buy things.

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  3. This video showed me that most things we buy in stores exploits some resource. Its tragic that corporations think it acceptable to take advantage of other humans for profit. I personally think this is a major problem if corporations are causing health issues to their own employees without a consequence. The corporations do not stop with human problems, they continue to destroy the planet. These corporations cannot keep doing this. We should not continue to allow this to happen, we need change.

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  4. “You are responsible for everything you buy”
    After watching this video, I was very surprised to see that most of everything we buy and use were made by slave work, risking third world people’s lives due to poor health, harsh treatment, and long hours of labor. I also discovered that the average 8-18 year old would spend up to 18 hours a week on a electronic, made by slave labor of the same-aged kids in the most likely cases. I feel bad about these third and fourth world countries & how they have to live in poor conditions, where we consume 60% of the world’s resources and are still not happy. Now I know why the say that you are responsible for everything you buy.

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  5. Some people are “selfish”, they just want to make sure that they will have a good life and be able to enjoy their life, so whenever they buy stuffs, they don’t think about how these product were made and they only think about how these goods will bring them happiness. While the demand of goods is increasing and the demands of labors and resources are also increasing, many workers work in bad conditions over long period of time just to produce goods that we don’t really “need”, also the resources might run out one day and destroy our communities. I believe that it is important for people to understand the difference between what we want and what we need before we make any purchase in order to reduce the “wastes” and better the communities.

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  6. This video made me realize the true dangers in our society through consumerism and the sickening behavioral patterns that lie under all of these issues. I believe that coming into this world most all of us were somewhat born into this consumerism lifestyle. For most of us it is a social norm to be showered with gifts throughout the year for making it another year on the earth and following our social customs such as holidays. This realization shows that most of our lives we have been forced into this lifestyle and it is not fair for the underprivileged people in this world to be working for our pleasures if working conditions and living conditions continue to decline.

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  7. I was absolutely stunned to learn that 60% of the world’s global consumption is from only North America and Europe, which compromise only 12% of the global population. This is an astounding fact, and really attributes to the notion that our level of consumption has spiraled completely out of control. While reflecting after watching the video, I tried to understand what circumstances led to this fact. Did we do something really wrong along the way? Or was it just a continued neglect and turning a blind eye? I won’t pretend to know the absolute answer to either of those questions, but I would bet that it is a skewed and complicated combination of both. I don’t believe for this particular issue there is any clear solution, besides taking individual accountability – such as boycotting Apple – to fix this problem.

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