I was signing up for my last semester of classes before graduation and the last requirement I had to fulfill was my service learning slot. There were many options available so I decided to look into something that I figured would be pushing the limits of my knowledge and comfort zone but also not too difficult. I looked at the available options in the Environmental Studies department and found one called Systems Thinking and Sustainability. It seemed interesting enough and had a pretty cool name as well so I went for it. I will admit that when I signed up for the class I thought I was getting into something along the lines of planting gardens to help people feed themselves. The class description said nothing about this at all and it was all in my head, so when I got the syllabus in an email I was pretty shocked to find out what was really going to be discussed.
Patagonia the Great
Looking around campus, it was hard to go a block or two without seeing at least a couple people wearing a Patagonia brand product. Due to a lack of fashion knowledge (or maybe just awareness in general?), I had never heard of the brand before so I decided to ask my good friend Google for some information. After doing some perusing on their website, I found a fleece that I really liked. Luckily the price tag associated with said fleece stopped me from buying it, because my will power certainly was not going to help at all. Over a period of a couple months I mulled over whether I should buy the fleece and one day noticed the companies plans for black Friday that year. I thought back to the conscious consumption unit from my Consuming Happiness class and decided that if I was truly going to buy that fleece, that would be the day to do it. The money I used to pay for my fleece went to grass roots environmental groups and I did not feel any regret for what I had done. I felt good that I got a great fleece and also did something good at the same time.