Investigating the complex constellation of issues surrounding climate change, I became aware of how the goods we buy challenge our hopes for environmental sustainability. Expanding global population and urbanization (along with our human ambitions for wealth, creativity and achievement) further magnify the difficulty of reaching sustainability. By volume, the most dangerous materials are steel, aluminum, paper, plastic and concrete. Can we demand manufacturers factor in the true human and environmental cost into the price we pay for products and accept that higher cost? How can the average person avoid the allure of consumerism and resulting waste? These questions drive my work. I desire to elicit much needed conversation on this ever pressing and very real topic.