Look at whaling, years ago it was seen as OK. Then some people
refused to buy whale derived products, eventually it got up enough
steam to be internationally recognised as appalling. These days
very few people would consider buying whale derived products.
Hopefully other things can follow in a similar trend, be it gold
or diamonds, or shoes or electricity...
Whaling got us baleen for corsets, oil for lubes/light, meat, bone
and ivory for various functional and decorative uses, and ambergris
to stabilize perfumes. These products gradually got replaced by
better, cheaper substitutes.
Petroleum upstaged whale oil, and polymers (a petroleum product,
formerly flamed off at the wellhead as waste) upstaged baleen and
The Makah of California are desperately trying to preserve their
indigenous culture, via the male-bonding of a whale hunt. Responsible
hunters take no more than they need and use ALL of what they take. To
waste is to disrespect your companion, the whale.
Your version of perfection ain't gonna happen on this planet.
Desire + freedom + access to capital = improvements! Be patient!
Respect for resources = sustainable supplies