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.