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
Ikea Fridolf chair
[revision 20080711 being the following...]
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.