Not built to last
It’s a false economy when so many things end up in landfill
I JUST don’t get it! Every household in Australia has dozens of appliances . Toasters, kettles, i rons, fridges, freezers, washing machines, and the list goes on. Most of them these days, especially the small appliances like a toaster are flat out getting through the warranty let alone achieving a long life.
Yes, I have a toaster that is 40 years old and still working. How many people remember when a fridge lasted upwards of 30 years? Unlike the quality of today.
Every time you buy a new appliance a factory somewhere in the world has to burn fossil fuel to make it.
Mary Vernon recently wrote in her weekly column how a fluoro bulb purchased many years ago lasted for those years, but a new one stopped working after a short time.
Why can’t we pay a little more for these appliances and have them save the planet by lasting almost a lifetime? It’s a false econ- omy when so many things have to be put into landfill like this. Why should we have a carbon tax with manufacturing out of control like this?
Another thing is recycling. In my workplace ( hospitality) we put out four wheelie bins of glass bottles per week because there is no facility for recycling commercial waste. ( I am writing this letter during Earth Hour with the lights off). Multiply that waste out for every hotel, restaurant, nightclub etc in Australia and it adds up to an enormous amount of waste. Why don’t we return the glass bottles to be refilled like the milk bottles use to be in the past?
These days the technology to sanitise should be faultless. I would not mind sorting bottles to be returned for refill. That would help employment and reduce the use of fossil fuel to manufacture them.
Domestic recycling so I understand must be also a false economy due to the fact it all has to be transported down south to be reprocessed. ( More fossilfuels for the transpor-tation) . Reuseandnotrecycleshouldbethe answer.
On top of it all the government is paying people to have more babies. I just don’t get it.
Fluoro bulbs lasted