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Sustainable Happiness by Sarah van Gelder

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CHAPTER 3 Who Pays the Price for Cheap Stuff?

Annie Leonard

I’m a critic of consumerism, but I’m neither for nor against stuff.

I confess that my T-shirt drawer is so full it’s hard to close. (That’s partly because I’m often given a Tee as a souvenir when I speak at a conference or event.) But of all the T-shirts I have accumulated over the years, there are only a few that I honestly care about. My favorite (no eye-rolling, please) is a green number from the Grateful Dead’s 1982 New Year’s Eve concert. To me this shirt, worn for more than 30 years by multiple members of my extended family, is both useful and beautiful, not only because I attended the concert but because a dear friend gave it to me, knowing how much I would treasure it. The label ...

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