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6/10/09 6:53 A

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"Green" is sometimes false advertising re products. It's the latest customer "hook" so let the buyer beware.

Old Depression era saying much practiced in this part of New England : "Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without". That's our policy.

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6/9/09 11:04 P

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whoa. found this slide show on the mineral mining in the conflict area of the DRC. the stuff mined goes into electronic products.

bit.ly/xZoNM

found the link via my friend who got the new laptop.

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6/9/09 7:04 P

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To be honest, once I can justify a pretty new TV, I'll likely go for it!lol!
But a smaller one - Maybe a 32 inch?

It's nice that we cvan now recycle our electronics. It was such a shame to just put them to the curb.



Edited by: TURBOMEL at: 6/9/2009 (19:04)
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6/9/09 6:27 P

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Mel, WE now have a flat screen TV (it is fabulous! LOL) but we only bought this one when the old one (I had it for 8 years) died. Fixing it was out of the question, because the cost was higher than a new of the same kind. So we took the old one to the recycling plant and bought the flat screen, which, I hope will be with us for at least another 8 years...

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6/9/09 6:17 P

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Thank you for opening this discussion. It's so true isn't it? As a society, we are so programed to look for the newest, hottest, even-better gadgets. Often what we have is just fine.
I'd love a new flat screen TV, but in reality we only bought our current TV 4 years ago. It's not only environmentally wasteful, but economically wasteful too.
I love the idea of trading items with family & friends as a way to re-decorate or help each other out when items are needed.



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6/9/09 5:58 P

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Great post Lola. I think that "green" and "eco" have been used a lot lately just to make people feel better about themselves. As suggested (maybe just hinted? LOL), green indeed is not to buy something just because it is new. If the "old" (usually a couple of years) is working, why to replace it?

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6/9/09 1:14 P

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Freecyle is a web-based bulletin board where people in your community post things they have but no longer have a use for. You post items to offer them to others who can have a use or take things off of other peoples' hands.

Here is their mission statement:

Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.

www.freecycle.org

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6/9/09 12:43 P

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What is freecycle? I am a customer of Melaleuca The Wellness Company due to their non toxic products and am always looking for other things I could be doing to help the earth. I don't use my dishwasher because it's old and wastes so much water....I wash ALL dishes by hand emoticon I am interested in what Freecycle is all about?

Olivia www.themotivatedmomolivia.com



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6/9/09 12:36 P

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Great post! I never have the newest, greenest thing unless someone doesn't want to use it gives it to me.

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6/9/09 11:19 A

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Great post. No matter how great I think I'm doing with this, there is always room for improvement.

And PS... I can't remember what life was like before freecycle!! :-)

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6/9/09 11:06 A

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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).

Just a dork trying to get healthier. I can also be found at
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