Throw It Out Culture


Last weekend I had an unfortunate accident where I dropped my phone in a river.  It sort of works, but isn’t very usable.  I assessed all my options and decided that I would just go back to my previous phone (iPhone 3).  Unfortunately my wireless provider no longer supports that phone and I can’t switch back to it.  Had I kept using it there would have been no problem, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but after two hours with technical support this was their final answer.  The only option they gave me is to buy a new phone and dispose of the 2 iPhones.  It really bothers me that I can’t use a perfectly good phone.

I don’t tend to buy the newest thing, I’m perfectly happy to spend less and buy an older version.  I had been looking to buy an older used DLSR camera so I could do some better blogging pictures, but that will have to wait.  I think I’m just going to buy a used phone from someone.  If nothing else it will keep their phone out of the landfill and I can use my iPhone 3 as a ipod at work.  I refuse to throw it out!


Where did this throw it out culture come from?  I remember my grandmother stockpiled cottage cheese containers in her basement even though she could recycle them, she preferred to keep them.  I don’t know what she used them for other than storing her false teeth in them on the top of the toilet tank (true story).  She grew up during the depression, and I think she and her siblings didn’t have much, so she was pretty thrifty.  Somewhere between her generation and mine something changed.  If you have ever tried to donate a microwave, TV or furniture then you know what I’m talking about.  No one wants them, thrift stores won’t even take them.  I tried craigslist and garage sales but in the end I decided to keep the microwave even though I hardly ever use it.  The furniture I eventually put beside a dumpster, and the TV went to a recycling depot.  I love looking for items on craigslist and facebook auction pages, but maybe this is something that is dying out?  Will the throw it out culture eventually disappear or is this the way it will be?  Is reduce, reuse and recycle a motto of the past?


2 thoughts on “Throw It Out Culture

  1. I love this post! I’m always trying to reduce my household waste by composting, recycling and refusing to buy anything that it wrapped in useless and excessive packaging. A few friends and I are challenging ourselves to not buy any new consumer goods for the next six months. Craigslist and thrift shopping only. Our crazed consumer/disposable culture is turning the world into a giant trash can and has got to stop.


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