Environmental Fads: Helpful or Hurtful?

Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 09:56 am
How do you think environmental fads affect us? Surely movements to go green, to eliminate BPA from our plastics, and more change what we buy and how we look at our products. These movements are also prevalent throughout history; Silent Spring by Rachel Carson sparked a movement that changed people's view of the environment forever and the more recent business movement toward "green" production has altered our view of material goods.

What kind of fads are prevalent in your daily life? What sorts of movements influence you every day? Do you think these are valid, or do they seem more like publicity crazes? Feel free to share how these "eco-fads" have altered your life as an individual, a consumer, and a part of the national and global spheres.
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Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 10:17 am
How about you state your experience first? What is your experience? what has worked for you?

You open up this discussion by choosing your wording by discussing this as fads. Fads by definition are trends or what is fashionable. Impactful and positive actions to help the environment and make a real difference are not (or shouldn't be) a fad. So if your looking for what's real, by calling it a fad you're either pre-judging it yourself or inviting people who may not give you the best or more truthful answer.

I'll say this about specifics about the auto industry: I love the idea of hybrid cars. They save a lot of gasoline. but saving gas is not enough. However in their production, the impact on the area of the factory from their carbon footprint is extremely heavy. Furthermore, when the car is no longer serviceable, their disposal has a heavy carbon footprint.
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Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 11:08 am
Arr you might get more response if you were to offer a number of suggestions, numbering 'em
Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 01:49 pm
They want you to shut off the tap when you're not brushing, thereby saving up to 100 gal/yr or about $2 in a day and age when a single visit by a plumber is $400
Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 01:55 pm
You got some real expensive water there, Dale.
Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 02:42 pm
Yes Rog looks like I slipped a decimal

Makes that greenie turnoff even more ridiculous
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