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MUST READ BOOK!!
Oh my gosh! Our habits affect of global climate change and our own health. Talks about disposable culture and things we don't realize our consumption habits of cheap things are releasing toxic chemicals into the environment, piling up landfills, the source of slave and child labour, poisons into our bodies, clear cutting of unprotected forests and unfair treatment of people; simply because we have a craving and demand for items made for $1 or simply cheap widgets, clothes, crap. Biggest offending takeaways: Walmart, dollar stores, all fast fashion, Ikea (cuts down trees in illegal areas in Europe with no protected legislation of trees decimating land and forests, then wood glued together with the worst volatile organic compounds; not to mention endless number of things made in slave labour). Reading this book changed how I buy and take every single thing me no longer to ever shop at Joe Fresh, any other fast fashion brand or any brand. The disposable culture of stuff ending up in landfills is atrocious our buying new consumption habits goes down a chain of fabric production, slave labour, environmental and human rights and there's a reason why things are cheap is because materials and ways how it was made is a short-cut often. Every time you walk into a dollar store and see the thousands of products, ask yourself how was this made, are the materials safe or is that toy going in my kid's mouth made of cheap plastic and lead, and why is it so cheap. This book answers all these questions. I no longer shop in dollar stores for kitschy one time use fun and party favours, the kids get homemade or other store bought snacks. I no longer buy fast fashion for the color dyes and toxins going into our oceans that fast fashion and high end brands release for that matter (reuse secondhand the way to go if you can). I no longer buy Ikea new in any shape or form for what I read in this book the cheap cutting down of forests and shipped to China with crappy glues. And we continue to buy this stuff because we want to look good at a cost, we are consumed by new, up-to-date, trendy home wares and furniture on a students budget. There are options. Buying reuse is one of the best ways to get better quality for clothes and save a buck. You can get likely a better bookcase made of REAL WOOD from a second hand store, and with a good cleaning, a bookcase that will outlast the crap Ikea and it will cost way less than Ikea. It takes some time to hunt for, and it may not perfectly match your design scheme. I shop mismatch furniture now and given up the penchant for new, modern and a magazine cover living room and it works. It has way more character and depth and design than stark Ikea. With the number of requests I may get to trade, if I don't respond, please get the book on Audible or free at the library. This book was life changing for me to get my attitude away from consumption culture and buying cheap. I'll never shop at Ikea, dollar stores, fast fashion stores or even new if I can help it for clothes; go natural for my soaps, laundry, shampoos (solid shampoo bars)...don't get fooled. Watch what you buy, EVERYTHING!! SEND MORE BOOK RECOS IN COMMENTS PLS!!! Book Summary: A myth-shattering investigation of the true cost of America's passion for finding better bargains From shuttered factories of the Rust Belt to the strip malls of the Sun Belt-and almost everywhere in between-America has been transformed by its relentless fixation on low price. This pervasive yet little-examined obsession with bargains is arguably the most powerful and devastating market force of our time, having fueled an excess of consumerism that blights our landscapes, escalates personal debt, lowers our standard of living, and even skews of our concept of time. Spotlighting the peculiar forces that drove Americans away from quality, durability, and craftsmanship and towards quantity, quantity, and more quantity, Ellen Ruppel Shell traces the rise of the bargain through our current big-box profusion to expose the astronomically high cost of cheap.