Posts Tagged ‘disposal’

Fixing Prices and Everything Else

February 11, 2010

Planned obsolescence as an industry standard is price fixing. Its the legal, hidden equivalent to retailers jacking their prices in unison. Purchases: remember its not just the price, but how much you’re getting. Take something like dish soap. The water and container aren’t of any use to you, so lets assume when you buy a container of dish soap you are really just after a quantity of soap ingredients. (more…)

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Tips for dealing with your garbage during the garbage strike:

July 10, 2009


Researching what i could do with my garbage, I found that most sources are granola bloggers who’ve really just taken this opportunity to brag about how they compost on their bicycles, make art from old pop cans and buy nothing. This is my list of helpful tips for real people. I’m not going to sugar coat this or pretend that these solutions are green or fair (more…)

New Capitalism: the production and trade of packaging.

February 11, 2009

Read an interesting article, here in Ontario we are unable to process all our recycled goods. So we ship 40000 tonnes of plastic to China to be melted down and shipped back to us as cheap toys and such. Much of this tonnage is comprised of the water bottles that they use to sell us tap water with european names (more…)

Making Planned Obsolescence Illegal

December 26, 2008


Ever wonder how the package knows exactly when your light bulb will burn out? Annoyed that yet another cellphone battery has gone dead and replacements are not available? Amazed at the precision with which manufacturers are able to make products that last exactly 2 weeks longer than their warranties? (more…)

Throw out perfectly good goods

December 8, 2008


“Change your TV, change your life”- an actual slogan. I heard it last night. I’d also like to note, before i continue, the commercials where a woman throws her perfectly good washing machine into a pool so she will need to buy a new “red” one- to enrich her life. Also the commercial where the couple throws their phones into a lake (more…)