Friday, 20 May 2016

Renewable Energies Meet Demand

Can renewable energies keep us going? Hell yes! Look at the news from this week:

Germany raises renewable bar again: clean energy meets nearly 100% of demand
Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

That is in addition to news from Denmark, Costa Rica, Norway, Iceland and Tokelau.

If we also cut our energy usage (we waste so much) then this is a totally viable future. Good news for once!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Items That Last Longer Than A Fortnight

So much gets wasted nowadays. My kettle broke recently. It had been made so it wasn't repairable. Planned obsolescence and throwaway culture joining forces. If Governments said things had to last for 5-10 years I bet we'd suddenly see the quality improve once companies couldn't get away with shoddy items with inherent weak points.

It's interesting to see some companies trying to fight back against this, such as the BuyMeOnce site. Pay more for something, but then have it for life, not just for Christmas. Have an item you care for, repair if necessary, rather than throw away. Until environmental cost is built in to financial cost, it's up to the consumer to be responsible. It's not like we can rely on politicians to do that for us.