Thursday, September 13, 2007

Save Some Green by Thinking Green

by Thom Fox
Community Outreach Coordinator
Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp.

Global warming has been the focus of a great deal of attention recently, from full-length documentaries to world-wide concert broadcasts urging consumers to “think green.” But what if there were a way to help the environment and save money in the process? Well, there is and it’s quite simple – avoid impulse purchases.

Every day, advertisers urge consumers to spend their money on the newest, most advanced products, and many people have difficulty resisting such temptations. That’s because shoppers typically focus on their wants, not their needs. Beyond such unnecessary spending, however, is the obvious fact that every MP3 player, laptop, PDA or other gadget has to come from somewhere on the planet, and additional energy must be expended to bring these products to market. Despite the best efforts of manufacturers and shippers, there are tremendous amounts of waste involved in the processes that create and deliver the goods we seem to think we can’t live without.

For example, the creation of a desktop computer requires more than 700 different materials, including metals that must be mined, oil that has to be extracted from wells, and chemicals that must be produced in factories. The manufacturing processes that combine these resources also require large amounts of energy, mostly involving the burning of fossil fuels. This often results in the release of CO2 and other pollutants into the air, contributing to the planet’s natural greenhouse effect. In fact, for every pound of electronics in a typical computer, an astounding 8,000 pounds of solid and liquid waste are created!

Analyzing your wants and needs not only helps curb your reliance on credit, it can also be good for the environment.

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