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Bush says One Good Thing. - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Jan. 31st, 2006

10:37 pm - Bush says One Good Thing.

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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 1st, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)

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There's a weird set of tradeoffs between durability and biodegradability/recyclability. It's nice to make things that are very reusable. It's nice to make things that won't sit in landfills for thousands of years. It's nice to package things in stuff that won't react with it's environment...it's hard to find such inert stuff that also biodegrades. Tricky!
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From:sarpo
Date:February 1st, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)

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true. I suppose we have to get better at designing things with timelines in mind - design things that are meant to be kept to be robust, design things that are meant to be discarded biodegradable.

So many products have built-in obsolescence. iPods, for one. Mine broke after not even 8 months of use, but hey, that's fine Apple says, I'm supposed to upgrade to a newer, cooler one anyway.
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From:zsquirrelboy
Date:February 2nd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)

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It's in Apple's interest to get you to buy something else. That's the whole reason you have the issue of engineered obsolescence. I think that this presents an interesting way to think outside the box on this problem. (It's on a site with a collection of green articles for kids.)

I don't think we're too likely to get to a system where we won't be dealing with the profit motive. (Even if that's a place some of us would like to get to). I think it's incumbent upon us to take approaches that don't block on completely transforming the economic and political system we.
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