Today I was listening to NPR (a daily vice of mine) and I heard an interview with Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of the new book "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture." I was fascinated with what she had to say about what the quest for low prices is doing to our society.
There wasn't a lot of talk in the interview on the environment, but she did mention that the discount culture plays a negative role there as well. There was a caller who brought up second-hand stores, which the author highly praised for the quality of things made in the past, as opposed to crank-em-out disposable products today.
That crank-em-out culture is definitely taking a toll on our Earth and the only way to end it is to educate ourselves and our children. This book seems like a first step in doing that and I look forward to reading it.
Has anyone else read it? Anything similar? Any thoughts on the discount culture? It's effects on the environment?