reply to post by skoalman88
There are many reasons why Green is expensive.
Often it is locally produced, so say if you are in the west and producing clothing using materials that are also green(ie organically farmed,
recyclable etc) and not mass produced in third world countries, your production costs for materials and labour alone are going to be high. As so the
Growing Organic or non GM food is also expensive, for some of the same reason. Also the fact that it is not produced in massive volumes means that the
price will be higher to cover the production and to provide income for the grower( no-one else works for free so why should conservationists and green
farmers or buisnesses).
New Green Tech also has to go through the process of RD etc which is expensive. As it breaks into the market it is expensive so as to recoup costs
until industry innovation results in mass production and cheaper more efficient means of production. This is the same process that most technology
goes through. Just because it is green does not exclude it from this process.
These are just a few reasons why Green products are viewed as expensive.
There are also a number of ways green can be cheap.
Grow some of your own food I you have a yard. I saw some Designs and working prototypes not long ago and I believe there will soon be some amazing
indoor Growing systems specifically designed for Apartments and smaller dwellings, so watch that space.(especially for you "herb" smokers.hehe)
Install a rain water tank.
Install Solar Panels.
On the subject of an electric/hybrid car.(General Motors EV1 only needed water and a tyre rotation on service) This car was scrapped, I wonder why.
Even cheaper, buy a pushbike. Get fit for free. Travel for free.( I ride to work everyday, 18km and average 27km an hour. The average speed of driver
commuting into Sydney CBD is 22km).
Look at local recycling co-ops that repair or restore goods. We have a company in sydney called Reverse Garbage. The amount of everyday goods you can
buy for little to nothing is amazing.
You don't have to buy "green" to be green.
Remember too, that Just because Non-green products are cheap to buy, does not mean there are no other costs. Like the loss of natural habitats and
forests, the cost on air quality, the cost to water ways and oceans, the cost on soil quality and the cost of herbacide and pesticide run off. The
cost of plant and animal extinction. The costs go on. As we go on consuming our cheap products over more expensive green products......factor those
costs in the next time you buy something green.
How much does a new planet cost, can we afford to trash this one.
[edit on 16-9-2008 by atlasastro]