I recently read an article describing the work of a woman called Annie Leonard who is  passionate about helping us to live sustainably.I learned that of all consumer goods bought by consumers only 1% remains in use six months later.  This pattern of consumption is very wasteful and it has huge consequences for the environment as most of those goods are not biodegradable.  Many consumer goods are also  the product of an unjust economic situation.  This is a huge challenge to me to live more simply and to consume less.  How else to live justly and with a care for creation and for future generations?

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  1. madeleinefcj Says:

    Of course, some of those consumables are truly consumable–food! But the article does make an important point–and one which has been being made with increasing urgency in recent years. But Dwight Eisenhower, president of the USA in the 1950s said, ”
    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Whether we are spending for our own comfort or for military might, we are neglecting those who have nothing to spend……. It is sad to me that we have not learned this lesson, even 60 years later……

  2. Lois Anne Bordowitz FCJ Says:

    Annie Leonard has made several very simple videos explaining the cycle of consumer goods–she is now moving on to how we can effect change. Check out this website:

  3. clarefcj Says:

    Thank you Madeleine and Lois Anne…It’s important to be reminded of the challenge to change regularly isn’t it?

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