I found a neat blog post about the Blackspots and how to un-brand your stuff. I hate the idea of being a walking billboard for something I'm not really down with. So here goes:
"They are union-made in Portugal (meaning that they are fairly-traded), organic hemp upper(sustainable and environmentally friendly), soles from recycled tires (environment thing again) and biodegradable fake leather (environment one more time!)...they're vegan too! Each person purchasing their first pair receives a Blackspot Sneaker Shareholder Certificate. This entitles the shareholder to vote on what materials to use, where to manufacture the shoes, marketing, how to use profits, etc.
Until you get your own pair, here are the instructions for How to Uncool a Megacorporation:
1 Apply a helpful dot of red to the ass kicking sweet spot, right at the tip of the toe cap.
2 Slap a Blackspot on every last logo, brand name and trademark
3 Walk into a local indy store and tell the manager about the Blackspot-How we're trying to create a bottom-up, socially responsible cool in the sneaker industry. Then email Blackspot Sneakers with the retailer's specs and they'll follow-up...
That's the plan according to Adbusters. Go forth and uncool your sweatshop shoes and make them into something much, much cooler. A sign that you don't think union-busting, child labor using, below poverty paying sweatshops are cool and you're going to stop buying or displaying products from companies that use them!"
Yeah! I'm off to attack my old shoes with a marker, providing there's a logo still hanging on to them! Check out the Conscious Consuming blog for more good stuff.
P.S. It's day 18 of The Compact experiment. The only stuff I've bought (besides food and a tank of gasoline) are wooden clothespins and clothes line cord (totalling under $5) to build my clothes line. We got a board game for free by returning something to a store that a neighbor didn't want. There are some zines coming in the mail due to my lovely bf sharing a gift certificate with me. I haven't really craved anything too badly (ok glittery sneakers!!!) and feel kinda great ignoring buying stuff as a recreational activity. We continue recycling plastic, paper, cardboard, and magazines. We are composting the heck out of kitchen scraps. Life is happy & green around here. Yay!