Every time I buy a new piece of gear, or even ponder the idea, I feel guilty. When I do buy, I seek out "Made in the USA", or purchase second hand. In the last decade, I have succeeded the vast majority of the time. As much back patting I can give myself, that only alleviates some guilt, however. Many, if not most, US made items are made from materials from abroad. This just means the pollution created during its manufacture, and the resources used to make it, are out of my immediate sight. Doesn't make it any less of a problem for other humans and species though. It doesn't mean my family, and yours, aren't affected either...however long after the fact or indirectly it is. Pollutants and various toxins are found in every corner of the globe and in every living species. There are so many toxins in the Arctic people, those we would think were most immune, that they are told not to breastfeed their children. Then there is the landscape itself....mountaintops and forests the world over, raped and pillaged, indigenous people and the biodiversity they depend on displaced and destroyed. All because I lust for the newest and latest piece of gear. I can rationalize it to death but, the truth of the matter is, 99 out of 100 times, I do not need it. My desire is nothing but a form of greed hiding within my ego.
I feel guilty for all that I have purchased. I try to do right by abstaining from most of what I'd like to have. I try to live right in other aspects of my life...giving consideration to those who will come after me, living simply...practically. I am not perfect but I am aware.