Yesterday an acquaintance of mine that runs a brilliant Colorado based green lifestyle magazine posted on his Twitter account how he just saw the new MacBook and was going to buy it within five minutes. It is being touted as the newest, fastest, greenest, tech thing.
I immediately jumped on his case to re-evaluate his eco values about whether this new machine was really needed to replace his current, functional laptop.
A series of texts ensued away from Twitter to justify the purchase. He said his current laptop has been broken for a while yada-yada-yada. In which case in my mind it is no longer a functional machine and a new purchase is justifiable. Funny though that his Twitter friends then chose to jump on his case about the purchase and how the battery can't be replaced in the new machine so it isn't green, etc. (Eco junkies can be real a-holes when we want to be and get too righteous at times).
This got me to thinking about the eco-value thought again. There are a lot of us on here who are really good about re-using items via thrift stores, consignment, freecycle etc. And I just wanted to praise those of us who make that effort.
For me there is a question of resource extraction for hard material to make a product and energy to convert materials for products and shipping. This is why I have a hard time wanting a new vehicle when my 1999 Jetta still has great fuel efficiency. (Part of the reason is that I supplement driving short distances with riding my bike.) This is why I couldn't register for new cookware when I got married (we put together a collection of used and highly functional Le Creuset and Descoware for our kitchen).
It is tempting to buy the newest, greenest thing being sold to us. I just wanted to post to take a moment to think about what you really need versus what you already have (or what is highly functional but slightly used and available).
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