Commentary - Throwaway Society

I abhor the way people in today's society just throw things away because they can't find the time to fix something that's broken. They seem to think it's so much easier to go out and buy something new. Last summer I picked up an old propane BBQ from the side of the road that someone had thrown away because the burner was rusted. We changed the burner for a cost of $45 and bought a new propane tank and it works fine. It's made of cast iron and wood and will probably last another ten years. A friend of mine bought a new one for $150 made of thin sheet metal which might last two or three years before rusting through and going to the dump. We need to change our habits when shopping and ask ourselves, "Do I really need this or am I just buying it because it's so cheap?" And, "How long will it last?" If it's such a good price it's probably not very good quality; it won't last very long and will end up in the garbage. In Switzerland you pay for every cubic foot of garbage you throw away. That means big items like sofas and electrical appliances will cost you $100 and upwards to get rid of, so they think twice and get them fixed. We have to keep in mind that almost everything manufactured these days is made not to last, so you will have to replace it again in a short time - so-called planned obsolescence. Consumer goods manufactured 15 to 20 years ago were of a much better quality and worth the effort to be fixed. There used to be an old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I propose to you a new saying, "If it is broke, do fix it." Don't throw it away and our planet will be a lot happier