My (carbon) footprint (Camping gear part 2)

Wanted: Me

Why: I committed my first felony. Online shopping of course.

My recollection of what happened: We bought a MSR hubba hubba tent for the trip a few weeks ago, I checked the label, it was Taiwan. We had also picked up an MSR cooking set (whisper light) which was made in USA. As we are heading to colder climates we needed to buy the footprint for the tent.

I swear I read made in USA somewhere while I was browsing online… Really! So I ordered it and when it arrived, the label was screaming MADE IN CHINA. Damn. My whole afternoon turned to shit. Only two months in and already beat at my own game.

Husbands verdict: When someone commits a crime they have to pay, so shouldn’t I pay for my crime? Yes. He came up with the brilliant idea (because he is brilliant) that for any money I spend on made in China products, I have to donateย the same amount to charity (environmental or humanitarian)

I spent $48 on the footprint including shipping and have donated $48 to WWF (World Wildlife Foundation). I’m a member and like them a lot. I don’t buy anything in the gift shop anymore though as I suspect that it’s all made “you know where”.

Summary: my first felony – a stupid mistake. It’s made it to the felonies page. Even though I messed up by not investigating better, there were NO other options if we wanted a footprint for this specific tent. Sad.

China 1- Anna 0.

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