I know the simplicity movement is, well, big enough to be a movement, and I’ve done a little reading on it. I’ve been admonished to buy my groceries organic and local. On the other hand, this fair trade thing is pretty big, too. Now, I don’t know where y’all live, but the stuff that’s fair trade isn’t exactly local for me.
How’s a knitter to sort this out? Should I support the fiber artists in Nepal (who, it must be said, make some cool yak yarn) or the sheep farmer down the road? Do I use my buying power to doom the sari silk spinners or the tree frogs that bear the environmental cost of transporting the sari silk yarn?