Thoughtful Purchasing

A lot of affluent people “pooh pooh” concerns about environmental dangers. They have other more materialistic issues on their mind. They write supporters off as bleeding heart liberals or anarchists. They certainly don’t read any of the literature on the subject. They call it rhetoric. Well, I am here to say that there are many of us who do care. We stay abreast of the facts and try to spread the word. We try to live our lives in an ecologically-friendly way. Thus, we don’t just give lip service to being green. Where do you stand? Do you sort your trash for recycling? Do you try to reuse anything you can? Do you think about dumping toxic waste and loading landfills with non-biodegradable items?

I want to put my money where my mouth is so to speak. For example, I need a new workbench for my woodworking projects, and I want to consider the sustainable of the wood used in the design. In short, I want the smallest environmental footprint. I do my research and find and read everything I can find on the topic, so I can find out the truth. I call this thoughtful purchasing and I encourage readers to follow suit. If the wood is rare, why not make another selection. If low-paid labor is used in the fabrication, reject it at all costs. No exploitation need be acceptable whether in the manufacturing or the materials. I am saying wood over and over because I don’t think a metal workbench is the way to go. In a few years, it will end up rusting and then go to the junk yard taking up space forever. I know you can clean up old metal objects, but will you? Or anyone else? It is a consideration. I know price is always a factor, but for me my decision will be based on environmental impact.

Workbenches are a must for those of us who like to ply their peripheral trade at home. I need one to execute all kinds of woodworking projects. I could buy a used one, but I am spoiled and have particular needs. The newer models are more compact and easily accommodate all your tools. But I am going to be careful what I purchase. I will read the label and detect where the item comes from and what kind of wood is used. Surely, there is something acceptable on all fronts. It is a bit of a dilemma.

I opted for a wood workbench as opposed to metal. I just like the look and feel of the traditional lumber. It goes with the whole idea of making hand-made things at home. Metal surfaces are fine in a factory as they get a lot of wear and tear. I don’t have to worry about how long my workbench will last. I only use one from time to time; so, it is going to be around for a lifetime. I am not going to harbor any guilt about this.