Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Fridolf - cradle to grave

I remember, it was all w00t when I got this chair about 18 months ago, knowing full well that my consumer choice was to a significant part based on what I think is low impact carbon neutral lifecycle or something approximating that. Today the time had come that this item had outlived it's usefulness - it's time had past.

Chopped it up for firewood. It was a clean burn with minimal smoke, somewhat to my surprise. The canvas seat and back were good fire starters, not needing any accelerant to be poored over it to get it going. The hot coals baked a sweet potato.


Ikea Fridolf chair

[revision 20080711 being the following...]

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"It was a clean burn with minimal smoke, somewhat to my surprise." I don't get the hypocisy of having a go at the egg scammers when you burn this in order to make some idiot piece of on-line wit. It looked like it had no "finish" or coating on it? Think again, mate. How low impact is purchasing an imported by ship from far away object that last only 18 months. Fair dinkum, mate, yer ain't an idiot just a half wit. Re. eggs read Choice.
6:53 PM

Blogger Bob said...
Your accusation sounds broad and I am not a mind reader but I will try. Firstly, I am not proud of burning anything, but this was an event that did occur so why not play with documenting it. On "only 18 months", hoarding accumulations is not my thing, but I do think that I am reasonably practical. Leaving it out on the nature strip for a passer by who might want did occur to me, but could have had fallout if the timing was guessed wrongly. I do tend to a pile of compost, but this item was not compostable like inedible produce parts that can safely and easily integrate into the garden; it is wood, and hence takes too long to break down in the ground on the timescale of me being at my current domicile. Then there was the idea of begging people to take it, or placing it in the garbage, but also no. So then there was burning, which seemed compatible with the location and the material. The burning of contemporary plant material is valid in a closed eco system and happens regularly with or without people; I did not burn a rubber tire, Aussie or "imported by ship". And on "hypocrisy", if I am making the correct connection, I would ave a go at cruelty any day, and never gladly. I will accept your criticism as not entirely well thought out, though I am somewhat glad for your participation. At the risk of waffling farther maybe unhelpfully, I would suggest examining what seems to be your moral hubris re waste, where you are abstracted to someone who simply makes funding available for the movement of materials in pellet form, and see what materials, sources, and systemic activities you approve of or frown upon. Also a link to your own nest of interestingnesses to help render a picture of what drives you would go further than "anonymous said...", unless you identify yourself as anonymous in the internet meme sense.
9:04 PM

11:18 PM

Still thinking about that criticism re burning of an imported chair after only 18 months that I wrote a response to. It does hit a weak point on me that I was discounting but knew it was there all along. Never mind the setting in which the decision was to purchase was made, like the need at the time for the place or the forward planning for the specific item; it seemed sound and had clocked up an almost commercial number of hours in it's somewhat short life, which is to say that I got amazingly good value out of it I think.

On not importing and keeping local, how local? Same city, same suburb, same house, 1 step radius from a fixed location? Where to draw the arbitrary line that can withstand a local vs global argument. DIY only? To use only re-purposed consumer packaging that is already in one's possession, and one is to avoid consumer packaging altogether? Found stuff? Is every person to be an economic bubble where material does not pass? Taking it to an extreme local, and if scaled to apply to everybody then this undermines all economic activity and does not bolster a credible position, nor is it validated by enduring real life cases; not helpful. Even a charming dumpster diving lifestyle depends on economic input into items stumbled upon.

Nevertheless for some reason I, like supposedly many others, am in favor of locally made stuff though not too exact on how local or why or why not: city foods, country goods, global information and technology, and making arbitrary exceptions case by case as long as I am satisfied.

Hmm... Experiencing internal grumblings.

How much of garbage as I know it is stuff that was fine until just before it was designated as garbage? It's not really garbage at all but rather excess consumer products. Never mind any truism that all products are destined to be garbage outside of only a relatively short blip of time when they are cherished to some extent by someone.

Suddenly I deemed a portion of my already relatively minimalist lifestyle excessive. Going forward I should aim for zero privately purchased furniture. And all discards are to be put to the curb for passes to pick at - his is not new. However, it is not to apply to commercial items that one uses for work as that would have an absurdly detrimental effect on a typical viable livelihood - banks, shops, government, hotels looking like out of mad max and staffed by hobos. But for self's personal use, reuse, repurpose, and DYI! This being for household objects for people without children; in my unrelated opinion, bringing up children requires a conventional model so as to not defect them by unproven and potentially fraught lifestyles.

How will you know of you don't try? Alternative lifestyles are a plenty. This one borrows heavily from the past (current location) and present (other locations) hence tests promisingly when or where supply of was or is restricted. Just cropping out another part of my consumerism legacy value.

All else remains the same, though I expect it to be impacted in odd yet to be seen ways.

Until the next regression towards dematerialization, I think this is progress.