Inconspicuous Consumption

A Hygge-lism Book Review

**Caution** This review pays no mind to “spoilers”.

“Inconspicuous Consumption – The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have.” written by Tatiana Schlossberg, is an eye opening look at how our everyday habits affect the environment.

Stop!  Do not disregard this book as just another confusing climate change rant packed full of numbers, percentages and fuzzy math interspersed with ten dollar words that you’re not sure are actually words.  This is not that book.

This is an excellent book, written in a clear, easy to understand, relatable and sometimes even comedic way.  It is an enjoyable, in an apocalyptic way, eye opener that makes you think twice before continuing on your blissful way, blindly consuming your way through life.

Never before had I realized the true cost of streaming a show on Netflix, or the distance that products have traveled before landing on my doorstep.  Buying strawberries in the middle of December and buying roses for Valentine’s day all come with a climate cost attached to them. Tatiana Schlossberg does an excellent job tracking down these costs and the amount of impact associated with all of these items.  She translates them in a way that is easy to digest and even offers alternatives and ways to counteract them.

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How many of us really know the difference between Eco friendly and organic and naturally grown produce and livestock?  Sure organic looks good on a label and we have been told that we should buy organic, but should we really be? Our, we know what we want and we want it all the time and it should look exactly like it does in the healthy food magazines that we read, mentality has led to an incredible rise in food shipping and refrigeration, and therefore a larger carbon footprint.

Back-doors and loopholes in the ways that regulations have been written have caused exporting and importing goods and materials more beneficial in most cases then utilizing them at home.  Governments are playing the blame game by exporting their manufacturing climate impact to other countries and importing the finished products. Even the different types of shipping used to move products are broken down to the types of full used for each method and therefore have different levels of impact.

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Fast fashion has been talked about ad nauseam and for good reason.  It is a waste on such a large scale that it can not be ignored. It is also not the only problem, I am now aware of the amount of water it takes to make a pair of jeans, an American staple.  The exorbitant amount of water required to produce jeans, besides being ridiculous, is also typically outsourced to countries without the water resources to be able to support this production.  All in the name of saving a couple dollars to keep profits high and costs low because the consumer demands it.

A lot of what is going on is out of our control, but whose responsibility is it to ensure responsible Eco friendly products are being produced?  The consumer or the producer?

I completely and wholeheartedly recommend that everyone should pick up this book, and give it a read.  I was able to borrow an e-reader copy from the library myself.  

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