Monday, February 20, 2017

Are We Going Down The (TV) Tubes?

Here's an excellent exposé on the CRT demanufacturing crisis. Among the many quotes of note: "The CRT mess, the industry says, has been caused by a fundamental refusal by society to acknowledge that recycling is an expensive proposition." and "...newer electronics are more difficult to recycle than CRTs, not easier."

More evidence that repair, coupled with thoughtful manufacturing and consumption, is the most sustainable approach. As consumers: we need to take into consideration that if things we bring into our lives are not designed to be demanufactured there's a long-lasting cost to the environment. To paraphrase Patagonia's Director of Sustainability: "There are very few things that we consume [that is, that manufacturers make for us to consume] that don’t cost the environment more than what we can pay back. Making something last for a long time to reduce the need for replacement is an core environmental value."

I wonder how Europe is handling the recycling of their CRTs?