Ah. Good Question. This is certainly something I wrestle with. A bit of history... I'm 22 now. When I was in high school, pre-vegan and independant thought, I wanted to be an architect. I went to architecture school and then became vegan and an environmentalist.
Well, darn it if architecture isn't one of the most wasteful things to do in the world. It's the bulk of all raw material used in today's society. Think about this juxtaposition... People send in a toothbrush handle through the mail to get recycled, a 60 story building gets blown up and sent to a landfill.
So, after my associates, I looked into schools that catered to green architecture. I didn't find much, and most of what I found was far away or uncredited. I went to a new school, but I didn't like it and decided to quit. Meanwhile, I was working for Whole Foods Market (hereon WFM). It's a health food store... and the largest organic selling corporation in the world... Yeah. That's another interesting juxtaposition.
A year later, I'm still working for them. I make one and half times an hour what I did when I started, but everyday I have in my head "AGHHH!! I WORK FOR A CORPORATION!!"
I helped open the store I work at now and I watched a 22 year old health food store close across the street within a few months. Oddly enough, it opened the same year as the first WFM 5 miles away on the other side of the city. And now, WFM is located across the street of its first competitor which no longer exists.
I hope to open my own summer camp. I wish for the good from that to rest my mind. (Currently, my mind rests because many (dare I say most) of the products my work sells come from good companies.)