Readers will gain an essential understanding about the consumer buying cycle and the problems that stem from it. Students realize that the ease of online shopping, reliance on machines in manufacturing, and access to cheap labor and materials in less developed countries create a dangerous cycle where money is more important than people and the environment. However, through "Solve It!" activities, readers are encouraged to address these issues and to consider eco-friendly and more humane solutions for the future. With full-color photographs, quick spotlight facts, and relevant connections to current events, this book is sure to captivate young readers and ignite their interest in sustainability and green living.