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I posted a while back about how peeved I was that a whopping big ass floor fan that we had only used a season or so bit the dust, while my mom's fan from years back worked like a top. Well, I figured that pitiful piece of equipment that was made so cheap as to be laughable filled up our garbage dump unnecessarily.

I am not religious about being Vegan, but I try. Begin FREEGAN is something that I feel I could really be passionate about. The less crap we consume, the less fuel that gets burned to make the crap, right? But, some things like fans are necessary. Baby heat rash on a hundred degree day (especially when one of them has MRSA) does not make for happy faces if you know what I mean.

Isn't it just as important to make quality items rather than throw away plastic? Does it do any good for people to jump on board the Freegan band wagon if our necessities are of such poor quality that we have to throw them away at three times the rate that our parents or grandparents did?


Meg Leidy said...

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Because of the synergy between your topics and our organization, we would be grateful if you would write a review of the book on your blog. If you agree, please respond and we will quickly send out a copy of the book for your review.

Warm wishes,

Meg Leidy
Meg Leidy
Outreach Associate

Healthy Child Healthy World
12300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 320 Los Angeles California 90025
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Anonymous said...

Meg, I'd be honored to read your book and write a review . You might want to post an email address here (in spam fighting format, please) so that I could send you my mailing information.

VLC said...

I have a friend who owned a TV repair shop but had to close recently. Her customers started telling her that it was just cheaper to buy a new TV than to get the old one fixed. It's sad to think that people are losing jobs and the landfills are bursting at the seams because we are sold cheaply made poor quality goods. I would much rather buy one $500 TV and get it fixed rather than five $100 cheapo foreign TVs that break in less than one-fifth the time. Same with your fan. Your granny's fan was well-made of quality parts. Good for consumers and even better for the environment.

VLC said...

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