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Hershey sources chocolate from the opposite of fair trade farms. According to Tree Hugger and other sources, some of Hershey’s chocolate might even be the product of child slavery in the Cote D’Ivoire, not to mention poverty and unsafe working conditions.
And just to add insult to injury, the “fun size” candies come double wrapped in bright orange plastic.
And yet….I just love the way Reese’s taste. So much so that today I bought a half-prized bag of individually wrapped Reese’s, just because.
I berated myself as I stood in line to pay. That’s right. I stood in line to pay for a cheap consumer product made of junk that is implicated in child slavery. Arg!
Why do you taste so good Reese’s? WHY?
I threw a bunch of stuff in the trash that could be recycled or composted.
I do it every day. Today I threw a plastic cup in a public trash can at the market, and I threw my wooden toothpicks in another trash can in the subway. I chewed gum and threw that away too.
This commences what will probably be a long-standing feature: Failure of the Day.
Look, being an environmentalist, or even slightly green, involves being a critic.
“You didn’t recycle that?”
“Um, do you know what is in that hot dog? You’re going to humane hell. Also, you’re getting cancer.”
“You left all the lights on!”
Poor bf Mike and roommate Vicki get the brunt of it. But I’m not perfect. Oh my gosh, far from it. Living in New York is inherently environmentally-hostile. Being fashionable, wearing makeup, going out at night to drink liquor…all are transgressions against Mother Nature. But if someone were to say that to me, I would probably tell them to go to hell.
Even No Impact Man isn’t perfect. You can’t be perfectly environmentally-friendly unless you’re dead. Or rather, the perfect environmentalist would hike down the mountain from his off the grid cabin where he grows and shoots all his own food to participate in a anti-coal protest, stand up to a truck Tienanmen style, get run over and die, and in effect bring so much attention to mountain-top removal that it’s stopped completely.
I’m not going there.
So to begin, my first failure of the day:
I’m not participating in a 10/10/10 event. That’s right, I’m not doing anything to commemorate the biggest eco day of the year, even bigger than Earth Day. I’m going to go to brunch at Kefi, then go play some football, and then hang out with my boyfriend.
Granted, I did help run the Harlem Harvest Festival and Fresh Food Summit yesterday. There was a farmers market and panels on fresh, local, healthy food. AND there was a 10/10/10 picture taken. So that has to count for something, right?
I just…never got around to choosing a work party. Call it laziness, call it being busy, but please don’t call it apathy.That would break my heart.
So there you have it, my first Failure of the Day. Don’t worry, there will be plenty more where that came from.