Our economy runs on consumption, especially during the holiday season — and we as consumers are ceaselessly tempted by a barrage of emails, ads and newsfeeds alerting us to the newest holiday deals. You may not feel the environmental impact of buying a brand new gift for a loved one. In fact, it might make you feel more generous. But multiplied by the hundreds of millions of people doing the same, the resources spent really start to add up.
Journalist Annalise Griffin wrote about the seasonal blues coming from this year's ongoing supply chain crunch and historic holiday shopping rush. As she writes in her essay in The New York Times, this year she has even decided to go a step further and stop buying new for the holidays altogether. Griffin spoke more about her commitment to secondhand gifts in a conversation with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly.