Saturday, March 31, 2007


I found an interesting site by Oberlin College in coincidentally, Oberlin, Ohio that gives you a rundown on the cost of living in a consumption based society.

It can be found here.

My opinion is to produce only what can be recycled 100%, whether it be a lawnmower, or a barbecue grill, or stove, the computers, and phones. Build with recycling in mind.

Non-toxic, naturally produced materials from renewable resources.

We have the technology to do so but the corporatistas are calling the shots and guess what? You get what they say you get, mostly screwed but that's another story.

Recycling is important but restricting consumption to avoid the input on the recycle end is desired. Remember when Grandma had to bring her toaster to the fixit man when it would not work? Now we toss them and buy another one! Reduce consumption and you reduce the trash.

Corporatistas turned us into consumers to keep the money coming in, not to save the Earth, if we did not participate they would have to look at alternatives to producing future waste.

If the products you produce are made with standard paper, glass, and organic plastic without the complicated plastic numbering system, there would be more demand for the used materials. Chemicals need special handling, but most houshold waste could be classified into three areas, cleaners, paint, and pesticides, held and disposed of by companies that produced them.

Those companies producing difficult to dispose of products should required to collect unused or waste products through local representatives, hardware stores could earn money from those companies for collection costs. Thinking outside the box of consumerism.

So what we have is a broken system that produces without regard for disposal when it useful life has ended and as a result more filler for the landfills of America.

The system could work better, lots better, someday it will be if we all chip in.

I know all here are recyclers because you all care what happens here on Earth.



DEN said...

Micki, sorry to hear your token redneck had to move, pity the next neighbors.

I like the "a drive-by ditching", redneck approved and guaranteed to dent your fenders!


DEN said...

Hajji, sounds like you woods folk got the recycle plan down!

Lead by example!

DEN said...

Time to go to the garage.


micki said...

Den, cool site! From the Oberlin site:


*Every year Americans buy over a billion incandescent lightbulbs. That’s three acres of bulbs every day.
*A 60-watt incandescent bulb lasts about 750 hours; a fluorescent bulb with 1/3 the wattage will generate the same light and burn for 7,500 to 10,000 hours in five to ten years of normal use.
*Substituting a compact fluorescent light for a traditional bulb will keep a half-ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere over the life of the bulb.

As I mentioned on the 'other' blog, we have CFLs in our home that are going on 7 years of use -- and going strong!

micki said...

Of course, I eat a lot of carrots so that I can see in the dark! ;-)

micki said...

From that Oberlin site: That’s three acres of bulbs every day.

I don't get that.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- I suppose if you laid all the packaged bulbs out flat you would get a aching back and three acres of non-tulip bulbs.

micki said...

Well, Dr. B -- that's an electrifying image you've laid out!

You may be right -- and you do know that tulip bulbs were once a form of current in, wait, they were once a form of currency in Holland.