"Our purchases have a human toll. Unfortunately, global outsourcing has fostered an out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality with regards to this issue. Manufacturing has moved out of our own communities, [...]. Now the things we buy are made on the other side of the world, where labor is cheap and regulations scarce. Whenever we purchase something, we need to consider people who made it. Under what kind of conditions did they labor? What effect did the production of this item have on their lives, their communities, and their environment? If it's negative, is our need (or desire) for this thing worth their suffering?" - by Francine Jay
I thought I would share this paragraph from my most recent read, "The Joy of Less", because it brings up an issue on which we can actually make a difference with our consumer choices.