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September 27, 2007



Actually the tragedy of the commons is a bit of myth. The origin of this thought experiment is the period in England when commons were being enclosed (i.e. turned into private property). Prior to that time the commons had been managed well by the communities that used them.


The idea that the earth is limited reflects very well to the idea of the commons. There isn't more space, we can't go outside of the earth and therefore all 6 billion of us are using the commons.

I think William McDonough said it best when he referred to the idea of "Away", to throw something away, there is no more "Away". That other back yard is someone else's front yard and globalization has brought that idea to the forefront.

We have to fix our own practices first, then educate and inform our supply chains to follow suit.


Hi Nicole,

Thanks for your note. I agree with your sentiments.

It's scarey. Even if we fix our back yard, the earth's population is heading on a trajectory that is unsustainable. Our global population is going to hit 7.5 billion in two or three decades. India and China are aspiring for a middle class lifestyle like ours. Which means even greater pressure on our ecosystem.

Talk about freak!


Toxin-free products!!!

The Nalgene bottles sold at MEC are #7 plastics. Polycarbonate (#7) plastic bottles can leach bisphenol A (BPA). BPA mimics the hormone estrogen and may interfere with brain-cell development, as well as biological processes that rely on estrogen, such as ovulation and reproduction. Please verify/acknowledge these facts and source out other manufacturers of safe drinking vessels (see

My source of plastics info:


I wonder what hundreds of other products contain BPA and phthalates? Most food containers have BPA or phthalates (ketchup, mayo etc) In many ways, it seems almost impossible to live without some exposure to these plastics. I feel almost like I would need to live in a plastic bubble....errr glass bubble... to prevent exposure to toxins and plastics. It is an impossible battle.

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