I’ve been finding myself spending a lot of time checking out sites like Treehugger and AutoBlogGreen over the last couple months and that has lead to me a number of other fantastic sites that are all focused on “saving our environment”. Now, I often ask myself why the heck I am reading these sites because I really don’t care about the environment. It’s not something I worry about on a regular basis and the theory of global warming isn’t something I subscribe to. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some global issues that affect our environment that need to be addressed.
Anyhoo, I’m not an environmentalist. I’m just cheap.
I keep doing all these things like converting to compact fluorescent lights, using LED Christmas lights, using a programmable thermostat to reduce energy consumption, etc. It’s all rather earth friendly (at least according to Treehugger) but I’m not doing it to save the world. I’m doing it to save my pocketbook! Heck, now I’m even thinking about how to install stuff like solar hot water heating in my house.
I guess the end result is the same though, I am helping to reduce the energy required to sustain my life style. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Treehugger has an article about a company in Israel that is making dual purpose product packaging. Zero Thick: When The Package Is Also The Product shows a prototype of a sabbath candle packaging that turns into a candle holder. Now, maybe I’m missing the point but what happens when you buy your next pair of sabbath candles in this type of packaging? What do you do with your old candle stick holder packaging? This basically becomes a single use, throw-away product.
If they really want to make something semi-useful then they should at least make their candle stick holder packaging come with more than one pair of candles. That way you can re-use the packaging a couple times before discarding. Ideally, the packaging would be recyclable but from what I’ve seen of that vacuum packaging, most isn’t recyclable. Well, at least most don’t have the plastic type number stamped on the packaging which is a requirement for pickup where i live.
Anyhoo, Tal & Tadmor are looking in the right direction, they just need to work on the practical usage and not just the design of their product.