Well its not straws or plastic bags, the single most destructive element of capitalism is " Planed Obsolescence " which forces us to buy buy buy.
Its extremely wasteful because it causes us to continually mine for more resources which is extremely hard on the environment. Todays appliances for
example typically last for 5 - 10 years now, I can tell you this I have a beer fridge in my basement I bought for $50 20 years ago and then when I
bought it was 25 years old so I have a fridge thats 45 years old and chills my kegs perfectly to just above 0°C.
Todays appliances are electronic and when your circuit board fries its typically cheaper to replace the entire appliance than to pay a repair man to
install it since it is no longer feasible for the average person to repair it on their own because of the complexity of it. I have a washer and dryer
I paid $50 each for 20 years ago and when I bought them they were also 20 years old as well, I have since put about $600 worth of parts into them over
the 20 years I have had them and did the repairs myself on them since they are fairly easy to fix. Appliances designed to fail aren't the only
Printers designed to stop working not because they are broken but have only reached the pages printed limit, there are programs available to
reactivate these printers to continue past their preset page limits, these programs can be found on the net. Also to mention is the ink cartridges
themselves are mostly not designed to be refilled and are mostly so expensive on their own its cheaper to just buy a new printer one, as most people
And the list goes on and on. LED and CFL light bulbs are incredibly wasteful and if any one can tell me they have had either last as long as the
package claims I'd be surprised. Even a regular light bulb was designed to last a set limit of hours of use.
Woman's panty hose are designed to last only a few uses before they tear, they use to last longer but were also designed to fail.
Vehicles are designed to fail in a set amount of time as well, they are now made out of cheap materials made to break or rust apart quickly in a short
number of years so you are forced to buy a new one quicker than you would in the past. Everyone knows of a place where a farm tractor still sits
intact in an old farm field for almost a century, change the battery and the oil and they still start, I personally know of a few examples of them
starting after decades sitting in a field. Or even an old Volkswagen beetle with its frame still intact after decades sitting there.
Houses are now made out of cheap materials as well, in my province we have houses hundreds of years old, a modern home will not last nearly as
So many things in our civilization that are so cheaply made and cheap to buy it only makes sense to just buy new rather than attempt to fix them, made
out of sub standard materials intentionally to earn more profit. Why all of a sudden is the government so concerned, the're not really their motives
are to create energy slaves and net more profit off the backs of the working class. Why is the " Right to Repair " so stagnant in North America or
even most of the world for that matter. It shouldn't take a genius to see the hypocrisy of it all. Apple for instance fights repair shops that do
repairs on their products with threats of legal action, making most of their parts proprietary or difficult to obtain. Or that update designed to make
your phone unusable, or the battery that just no longer charges.
Why is it that most of these people who push for environmental regulations own several large homes capable of housing numerous families, private jets,
private yachts etc.. Imagine the resources these people use up telling us the rest of us the need to reduce our foot print, such hypocrites they are,
I wouldn't want their heating bills. I hope everyone remembers John Kerry's " An Inconvenient Truth " which used pseudo science to terrify us all,
most of those predictions never came true and were so far off the mark looking back at now it's actually hilarious to watch now. It was all based off
of junk science, by the same people that have one rule for me and one rule for thee.
So if the powers that be are truly serious about helping the environment they will address this issue but I know they wont because they are the very
people profiting from Planned Obsolescence.
Things like banning plastic bags are nonsensical because I remember we switched to them because of the fact we have to cut trees to make them.
Please feel free to add more to this list as I know there are numerous examples I could have added or examples from your own experiences.
edit on 24-1-2021 by enament because: punctuation