Friday, March 15, 2013

Labor vs. the Environment...a conundrum

Here's an urban conundrum for someone who aims to be socially conscious in the 21st century…when someone tries to hand me a flyer for a business or an event that I have no interest in, do I accept it—even though it's not the environmentally conscious thing to do, since I know it will wind up in my recycling bin that night—on the grounds that I'm helping a fellow laborer, and as soon as they're all handed out this person will be able to do something more fulfilling; or do I put the environment first and decline it, assuming that the hander-outer is paid an hourly rate that's not based on how many flyers he puts into people's hands?

Somehow I don't think Emily Post weighed in on this topic.