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March 24, 2010

what i meant by yesterday’s thing

For example, I cleaned out the big chief’s grandmother’s garage today and it was a time warp. The newest thing was the coffee percolator. Things were metal or wood. Or cloth. Cottons not nylon. Easily recycled or reused. Able to be fixed up because you can put nails or screws in them.
If I cleaned out a modern garage, it would be mostly plastic and particle board. Hard to reuse, hard to recycle.

3 Comments

  1. Looking forward to tomorrow when you explain what this thing meant.

    Comment by Lyle_S — March 24, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

  2. I hate how you can’t get parts for anything to fix a lot of things. If you want an exception to the rule, look up Roomba, the robotic vacuum. You can get parts for anything that might be broken inside it (from other sites mind you, not the manufacturer’s site).
    If you’re not a tinkerer, they offer you a different solution: you pay a fraction of the price of a new one, send in your old broken one, and they send you a new one (latest model, too, at least when I asked). Judging from the amount of refurbished Roombas out there, I suspect they change whatever is broken and sell it again.

    Why aren’t all products made like that?!

    Comment by Belcat — March 25, 2010 @ 8:54 am

  3. Speaking of greening though, as a hauler you have the unique ability of taking the time to sort through some of the trash and send it to the right place.
    IE, maybe there is a plastic recycle around there?
    – Metals are always valuable and reusable, so stripping them from stuff is very green, and may make more cash (than the effort of doing it).
    Particle boards is pretty useless, maybe it could be burned for electricity/heat, but I can’t think of much else to do with it. It is already a recycled product though, leftovers from a cutting saw that before was just junked. Try googling “particle board reuse”, maybe something will appeal to you.

    Particle board is a victim to a society that doesn’t want to pay the cost of real wood, and to cherish and keep it like a heirloom (ok, a bit of an exaggeration), but rather just buy and throw out. Best solution? Don’t buy it, look for real wood, or make it yourself.

    Comment by Belcat — March 25, 2010 @ 9:05 am

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