When I taught Northwest Rhythms, a course about resources and systems of the Pacific Northwest, my favorite question on the final exam was this: describe how your purchase of a loaf of bread impacts three important systems: transportation, resources, and economics. It’s the kind of question that splits open a teenager’s understanding of the world they inhabit and influence.
This ten minute video details a similar event path – buying a pair of jeans. When you plunk down a couple of twenties for a fresh pair of 501’s, the tendrils of that buy reach mighty far and are, at least to now, largely unsustainable.
- Funnytime: Portlandia’s “How to Recycle Everything” (eco-chick.com)