This is the most common question I am asked. (The question usually is accompanied by a knowing wink that says "C'mon, this is a marketing play!")
I usually answer the question with a question. "At what point does the citizen effectively stop an oil pipeline?" Protest has not worked. Issues like toxic products made by oil are out of reach of the citizen, but not the consumer. IF the consumer can stop buying products made of petrochemicals, (a byproduct of coal and oil); profits that fund everything from government lobbying, elimination of the EPA, drilling on Federal lands, inequality, and environmental destruction will suddenly stop flowing. No money, no problems.
However, because of the fact oil and coal are in 95% of every product manufactured to simply stop buying products is close to impossible. There has been very little money spent on research and development for plant based materials and chemicals. The reasons why? Until recently Industrial Hemp was illegal to grow in the United States. Bamboo has been illegal to import as live plants since 1918. With the recent advance in the legalization of industrial hemp and propagation techniques for bamboo by scientists like Jackie Heinricher of BooShoot, the crops are now becoming available.
Now it is up to the consumer. By shopping at Evolution Mine and other vendors of hemp and bamboo products, Hemp and Bamboo becomes profitable. That means hemp and bamboo farms in the U.S., jobs created here, and money for development of new products such as Hemp graphene, and Bamboo bioplastics. This is where it begins. If you buy hemp and bamboo products two commodities are created that can be grown by everyone. Not drilled by multi billion dollar corporate monsters in some far off country by our military. A shift in power accompanies a shift in profits back to the public.
I realize this is a lot to digest buying a set of hemp sheets or bamboo clothing. Nevertheless it is real, and your dollars are that significant. You can read more at the Bioeconomy Foundation.