Today Jackson oversees environmental affairs at Apple and Ridgeway does the same at Patagonia.
“I don’t want to put you on the spot,” said Ridgeway. “Patagonia’s got exactly the same problem. In our company we call that one the elephant in the room.”
“I am on the spot,” Jackson laughed. But then she got serious:
Listen, if all of us sustainability professionals have to resort to “make and sell less stuff” as the answer to the problem, then we are suffering from an extraordinary lack of imagination. And innovation. One of the things that your company — certainly I think Apple — is about is trying to understand where the technology innovations and other innovations are that help us to reduce carbon intensity. We’re not advocating for less people to have access to our products. That’s not the answer we’re looking for.
Good to know.
The exchange comes at the 11 minute point in the attached YouTube video.