New and improved, really?
// Posted by Ginger on 06/11/2015 (6:45 PM)
Last week’s reading made me feel stupid. Stupid because I had no idea about high frequency trading and data farms. I can honestly say that my awareness has been raised. This week’s reading about e-waste made me feel guilty. It made me feel guilty for wanting new things especially when the old ones are working just fine. Recently I have been thinking about buying a new car. I have been looking online at different makes and models to see what I type of car I may want. I hate buying a new car. I hate it because I am a nervous wreck until it gets its first scratch! I also think that a new car is a complete waste of money because they depreciate as soon as you drive them off of the lot.
I drove my last car for 12 years before buying my current car in 2007. I like the car, but it is having some issues that have made me turn my head to look at newer models. In 2007 the thing that I wanted most on my new car was power door locks. Sad, I know, but that is what I wanted. (A good stereo goes without saying, but I am saying it anyway!) Actually I wanted to be able to plug my iPod into the car. I can do that and it gets 32 miles per gallon. My car came out before the backup cameras, and Blue Tooth syncing and other gadgets that I did not even know where available. I am okay with not having those things. My first car didn’t even have air conditioning or a FM radio. So I can put up with not having all of those gadgets, it is just that they look so cool. Here is a link to a Andy Rooney and his thoughts on all of the gadgets in cars these days! Forgive me Andy Rooney.
E-waste, I did not know it was so bad. I have at least 3 old cell phones at my house in addition to the one that I use every day. You know the one that I couldn’t find before class the other night because I was using it?! I have always been afraid to turn them in because of not being sure that all of my information was removed from it so I just keep them, the cases, and the chargers. I saw promise at the end of the article when Giles Slade wrote about manufacturers making phones that could be repaired and improved upon. I think the only way that this will work is to raise the public’s awareness regarding the e-waste problem, mining for the rare earth minerals it takes to make our electronic devices, not just phones, and the government to hold manufacturers and consumers accountable for the waste.
I have an idea, I think we could and should store our e-waste at Bluffdale!