I’m curious about something. What do you suppose is harder on the planet,
buying and driving a new hybrid every 3-5 years, or holding onto the same old
regular non-hybrid car for ten or more years?
Consider the environmental impact of building a new car… Raw materials
must be harvested, factory gases will be emitted as the new car is melted,
fabricated, molded, and assembled. The
old car that it’s replacing will have to be crushed, parts recycled, dumped,
etc. Is that less impactful than burning
a slightly higher rate of CO2 in a 10 or 20 year old car?
I’m asking because this year, my beloved 1991 Special
Edition Mazda Miata (in British Racing Green) turns 20! The state of Minnesota recognizes cars that
are 20 years old by offering the owners a special “Classic Car” style license
plate (for a “small” $500 fee). I asked,
“What else do I get?” I mean, if a
person manages to keep a car running in good shape for 20 years, isn’t it
reasonable to give them immunity from further vehicle registration fees? Isn’t this the ultimate form of
recycling? Instead of “Cash for Clunkers,”
Shouldn’t the government offer a “Cash for Keepers” program?
Apply this logic to other forms of your business. If an employee can use the same Styrofoam
coffee cup for a month, I think they’ve earned a permanent “green mug” or free
coffee for a month. Buying new CDs and
thumb drives for storage is one thing, but what about the employee who’s
managed to prudently reuse the same storage device, rather than constantly
burning new ones?
The Cash for Clunkers program saw old shopping carts and
ratty old golf carts being traded in for new cars. That’s ridiculous and it certainly takes
advantage of a program whose roots were far nobler.
I’m only suggesting; buying the latest, greatest, or
newest “green” technology can certainly be admirable, but I will not feel guilty
when I don my old comfy blue jeans and drop the top on my trusty Miata this
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