Friday, August 3, 2007

Ikea Guilt

I really do love to buy used, to recycle and reuse items before I buy new. And, sometimes, I buy new. For example, we now live right near an Ikea. It's so tempting! The prices, the ease. Ugh! Now I'm not sure how earth-friendly it is to buy goods from Sweden, or what their commitment is to sustainability. I also know the adage "Buy the best, cry once" and buying from Ikea can mean a short lifespan, hence more landfill. Ikea seems to be a mecca for over-consuming. I mean the place is huge and the stuff is cheap!

I've had No Impact Man bookmarked for months and I respect his commitment, and his worries are my worries too. Mostly about consumerism and it's impact on the planet in general. I really want to be thoughtful about what we
really need. Then I saw this 100% cotton comforter cover and two pillow case set for $14.99 and I couldn't resist them for Annie's new room. And look at how darling she looks! Still, with all this moving and settling, I'm noticing how much "convenience" we've chosen recently and I really want to get rooted enough to have the energy and consciousness to make choices that are more in alignment with my values.


Anonymous said...

But that face is worth it. Framed by the fabric, she looks like a painting that will last forever and enjoyed forever. It was worth it!!!

Project Pink Suitcase said...

I totally understand how you feel.
My biggest thing has been recycling plastic bottles and cans. It seems like every big Convention Center and public place should have recycling bins that are easy to use and find. People would use them if they are there.
Yep, there are so many little things that we can do to help the earth. Then again, there are so many temptations and obstacles too. I wouldn't worry too much about your IKEA purchase. Like the other comment says, the smile on Annie's face makes it all worth it. But yeah, I know what you mean.

nina said...

There are periods of consuming and then periods of conserving. You will find the way back to conserving. Besides, I know you can make something out of the material when it's finished as a bedcover.

IKEA has the best coffee. I am still dreaming of the four cups I drank in less than an hour the last time I was there.