Letter To An Apathetic Manufacturer - Active Conscious Consumerism
Yesterday, I received a sale email from Scott E-Vest, a manufacturer and retailer of "technology-enabled" clothing which I have been eyeing for some time. Basically, their jackets and other clothing have multiple, well-designed pockets, a weight-management system, and conduits to run your headphones and cables - truly worthy of even the most discriminating techie dorks (they even have a solar panel option!). I was tempted by a big sale, but my ecovangelism got the best of me and I emailed them to see what their materials were and where the products were made. This was their response:
"We manufacture our products in China. At this time, we do not use recycled materials." . . .
So here was my eco-minded retort:
"Thanks for the reply, let me know if you bring manufacturing back to the U.S. to support our own country's economy.
We will hopefully be seeing more of this as we slide into this recession, as we start to realize the social implications of our workforce choices, as the costs of fuel and transport increase, and as global emissions become commodities. Also, as more environmentally friendly and recycled materials are more available at lower costs, they are more and more becoming the intelligent choice for responsible manufacturing.
Please consider the chain of effect the production of your goods makes - from materials made out of petroleum with toxic by-products, to oppressive and sweatshop-like conditions of manufacture in China, to the CO2 emissions and fuel use from shipping across the globe, to the decline of the American workforce and our current economic downturn as the result of outsourcing these jobs.
Today's consumers are quickly becoming more responsible in their purchasing as the conscious consumerism movement grows and each manufacturer is held responsible for the environmental and social effects of what they offer to the market. We are voting for responsible and thoughtful products with our dollars and against corporate apathy and greed by taking our business elsewhere.
Thank you for your consideration,
Clint Slaughter, M.D. "