Thursday, April 22, 2010
my Earth Day message to the Earth
Well, today is Earth Day. What does that mean? I asked my neighbour Diana as we returned back homewards from our morning walk to Bay Street. Are we supposed to do something kind for the Earth today? Be less wasteful?
Shortly after I got back home the washing machine repairman came by. My front loading washing machine, not quite 5 years old, has been making a loud sound for the last few weeks.
"Bad news," he said, as he came up the basement stairs with his toolbox. "You may as well buy a new washing machine." He then listed the major problems with it (more than one), the price to repair (almost the same as buying a new machine) and ended by saying, "they don't make appliances like they use to."
"Do the front loading machines generally have more problems than the top loaders?" I asked. "Should I go back to using a top loader? Will it last longer than a front loader?"
He said that for the front loader, if the soap is too sudsy it ruins the washer, rusting things out. He said he has a top loader. I said, I bought a front loader because I read they use less water, but if they are not going to last very long...what is the point?
He said again "It won't really make a difference which one you buy as they don't make appliances to last any more."
Now, my last washing machine died the month after its 5 yr warranty ran out. That was a top loading machine. The repairman then told me that a slow leak had formed just above the transmission and a steady drip of water over the months (unnoticed) had ruined the transmission. May as well buy a new one, he told me.
That time, the guys who came to pick up my broken washer, went down the basement stairs and then came right back up and said, we can't find it. Where's the old washer?
I said, The old washer? It's the one that looks brand new. That's the one to bring to the dump.
So, on Earth Day today, I send another brand new looking appliance to the dump. What sort of madness is this? How many appliances like mine are at the dump? Where are the regulations that would force corporations to make appliances that last!? Meanwhile, we are supposed to recycle tins and bottles and paper and reduce our use of water and electricity, yet corporations can continue to make disposable household appliances?
Happy Earth Day, Earth. You have no hope as long as capitalism rules.
Someone threw this old wringer washer on the side of the road by the lake. I saw it in the ditch one morning when I was walking the dogs. I guess someone drove by and tossed it.