Your pair of socks, that tenth-edition textbook, this glistening MacBook screen. Schoolgirls in Gujarat, clearcuts in Idaho, circuit boards clogging Chinese riverbeds.

One rarely dwells over the children stooping over an atomic basin as they slap a pair of new sneakers before the cashier, or lends a thought to the by-catch carcasses while ordering a roadside meal of fish and chips. 1,033 more words