I thought about this issue for a while before posting. I think this is a relevant TPF thread because a lot of the media coming from designers these days has to do with reducing consumptive patterns. It seems like a double standard given what their industry is. I found this video on Vivienne Westwood (via Hint Magazine) talking about it. She's backing a philosophy of forcing consumers to choose how they spend their money by making the goods cost more, thus reducing spending. (I'm having a hard time getting this youtube video to show on here, but here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02u0uXmpX1U ) She says a lot of bad stuff in that video about America (even though we're not the only guilty ones), but I'm more interested in focusing on the concept of reducing consumerism. I'm not sure her mechanism works. Higher priced goods don't always result in reduced buying do they? I'm really interested in my personal impact and having a hard time with it. So many of my hobbies involve "owning things." Along the lines of the Story of Stuff, I have reduced my disposables usage (I have two "I'm not a plastic bag" bags), but as long as my ipod needs to be replaced every few years that doesn't help anything. I'm curious what other people think about this. Ideas on how to reconcile the current system we're in with how to effectively save our environment. Is it possible?