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Sustainability in the finance world is almost nonexistent, but certain companies are working towards changing that. However, issues like greenwashing can prove problematic for the movement — because how much is enough in order to understand how to transition into a more sustainable society?
Sustainability in the finance world is almost nonexistent, but certain companies are working towards changing that. However, issues like greenwashing can prove problematic for the movement — because how much is enough in order to understand how to transition into a more sustainable society?

The Ethical Dilemma of Investing

Everything is an ethical dilemma these days. At least for me.

I wanted to continue along with the discussion series that began with Shopping By The Masses, For The Individual, and then continued on to The Intersection of Ethics and Consumption: A Manifesto, which was published earlier this week. Long titles FTW.

It’s important to note that without the help of my “editor”, Sam, I would be pretty lost and honestly pretty wrong in all this. He is the real MVP and it’s exciting to learn about these processes with him.

As a refresher, in the aforementioned blog, I primarily…


The Ethical Dilemma Of Consuming

I began this discussion in a previous blog, Shopping By The Masses, For The Individual. I wanted to look at the objectively problematic and wasteful practices maintained by a large number of corporations, and Costco is just one of the low hanging fruit.

The thing about Costco, though, is that while it’s totally amazing — undeniable — a good 75% of products there are somehow packaged or are simply entirely made of plastic (minus that which is meant to be packaged).

So, for me, entering the Costco in the North Mission District here in the city, there’s an internal battle…


I wrote earlier this week about navigating Depop from a buyer’s point of view, but it’s equally — if not more — important to understand the tool you’re using from a seller’s point of view.

To recap, I’ve been buying and selling items on Depop for over two and a half years now. 2018 feels so close yet so far. I’ve had moderate success — I’ve sold over 70 items — and I’ve been featured on the explore page once for an item. That basically was 20 seconds of fame which I will never forget.

I’m miles away from becoming…


(FROM SOMEONE WHO HASN’T MADE IT YET)

OK. Don’t leave yet. It depends how you define “made it”.

As a seller for over two years who may not be a “big shot” or have thousands of followers, I know the run-around by now.

I’ve dealt with almost every possibly conceived inconvenience or scam, and similarly, I’ve had many of the best-est ever interactions with sellers and received a lot of amazing purchases thus far. If you want to take a look at my profile and see my style and what I’m selling, here’s the link. …


Hundreds of shopping carts lined up organized, blue plastic covering gray metal. A consumer’s heaven.
Hundreds of shopping carts lined up organized, blue plastic covering gray metal. A consumer’s heaven.

Everybody loves a good deal

Costco has a lot of love to give. That is a fact not worth debating.

My housemate Eddie and I went to Costco a while back to pick up food and cooking materials for the apartment. It was really funny, our third housemate didn’t make the cut and had to stay home because of the new Costco membership terms only allowing two people per card in the store at a time. If you knew my third housemate, you would find it funny too.

We’re both kind of meanderers, so we take our time and enjoy walking around, looking at all…


Sustainable fashion can do better.

I love love love love love clothes. Clothes are so cute and cool and warm and nice and happy feelings and smiles. I think that’s a pretty agreeable opinion, albeit uninteresting. However, taking a step back to look at my relationship with clothes, it comes from a sh*ttier place than just liking fashion a lot.

It boils down to the biggest rush: finding clothes/trying them on/and actually purchasing the clothes. I can’t even figure out what it is about it. But when I smash that mf BUY button on Depop, it’s super exciting because I know this pre-loved item is…


Do you see what I see?

Have you ever noticed how automobile-centric our typical “conventional” cities are? That’s basically the only way we (as city folk) have ever known a city to function. When you think about it, the top priority in a city layout is to serve the drivers.

It makes sense that realistically, people are going to want to take their own mode of transportation — especially if they can afford it — because their route is not going to entirely align with a generalized public transportation route. That makes sense. Plus, moving forward, think of all the people plagued by a newfound germophobia.


Trash, trash, trash. We consume an impressive amount of beverages, snacks, and ultimately meals that come enclosed in plastic. How can we advocate for reducing plastics in circulations?
Trash, trash, trash. We consume an impressive amount of beverages, snacks, and ultimately meals that come enclosed in plastic. How can we advocate for reducing plastics in circulations?

IS RECYCLING PSEUDOSCIENCE?

That was a joke question. Recycling is a real thing.

I often have my own questions about some of the “recycling” processes that seem to happen in the background of a lot of manufacturing operations.

This is the area in functional sustainability that really interests me the most: waste production, reduction, and management, so naturally I question the systems put in place to “recycle”. And similarly, I actually have the initial interest to actually spend time researching this. Most people? …


Working from home? More like working from hell.

As an older member of Gen Z, I grew up assuming that everyone “had” to have a full-time, 8-hour day, 5 days a week, job. I was always asked throughout my childhood what I wanted to do when I grew up, which varied, but I always assumed it had to be in this “full-time, 8/5 role” box. While I knew there were variances — my mom has always been a homemaker — I wanted to partake in a job I would be excited to go to every day, and contribute in a positive way in order to represent my values.


Why do convenience stores exist?

Let’s examine the first part: “Convenience”. As someone who likes to think smart and not as hard, meaning my methods are typically straight to the point with no intention to reinvent the wheel, convenience is still a weird word for me. When actions/routines/processes get broken down to their most basic forms, we really lose an aspect of normalcy. Which, you could argue, is perfectly fine because F traditions anyway.

Living in Oakland for a year really introduced me to this whole situation. I grew up in suburbia, and went to college in a municipal suburbia, so I was shocked when…

Claire Rausser

just someone who cares a little about the sustainability of our inhabitance on this planet.

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