from NPR: Knowing What You Buy

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99311943

When Scott Ballum turned 30, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based graphic designer started the Consumer®econnection Project: a yearlong effort to only make purchases if he could make a personal connection with someone along an item’s production chain. Now in its 10th month, the effort has been both challenging and life changing.
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