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Now I understand the "green" shopping movement...

December 13, 2007 12:31 PM

...it's an idiot tax, like lottery tickets.  Economic natural selection, but for rich, coastal people.  From The New York Times:

Some designs marketed as environment-friendly might include only a fraction of organic cotton, or a tag made of recycled paper. And some so-called green fashion may be downright silly, like the Goyard canvas shopping tote shown in the Barneys “Have a Green Holiday” catalog: the bag is $1,065, plus $310 for painted monogramming of a triangular recycle symbol in gold. The canvas, the catalog says, is “100% recyclable.”

Isn't it good to know you can recycle that $1,065 canvas bag ($1,375, if you get it monogrammed)?  What a great stewardship of resources!

And the old patchwork quilt has come full circle.  At Barney's, you can get a Duro Olowu dress that is made from a patchwork of “recycled fabric.”   And by that, he means "a mix of his own prints and some original, unused samples of leftover couture textiles he found."

It retails at $7,600.

Comments

I always get a chuckle out of the lottery system. Not only is it a stupid people tax, it's almost like a reverse user fee. Proceeds (they claim) support school systems, and yet it's the least educated folks who provide most of the support to the lottery system. The school system clearly failed them by leaving them in the dark on statistics. But there they are paying for the education of people that do get it.

Unlike taxation, at least nobody's being threatened with jail time for failure to buy a lottery ticket. The same is currently true of the green movement. You don't have to pay outrageous prices for "green" stuff, unless you're so inclined.

But the Al Gores of the world are fixing to change that. They want to implement a carbon tax to give the green fad its own police force.

Mark Miller   ·  December 13, 2007 01:11 PM

This is a wonderful news. It reveals that Some designs marketed as environment-friendly might include only a fraction of organic cotton, or a tag made of recycled paper. And some so-called green fashion may be downright silly, like the Goyard canvas shopping tote shown in the Barneys “Have a Green Holiday” catalog.

Remi   ·  December 14, 2007 12:05 AM

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