Power of Story Send a Tweet        
- Advertisement -

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (2 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   7 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

Repair-Not-Replace: Good for Your Pocket and Good for the Planet

By   Follow Me on Twitter     Message Adnan Al-Daini       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 9/28/16

Author 55822
Become a Fan
  (9 fans)
- Advertisement -

Recently the back bumper on my car sustained a few cracks as a result of a minor accident. I took the car to the dealer's garage. I was told that the bumper needed to be replaced at an extortionate cost. Not only that but also the car had to be taken to another city for that to be done. I said I would think about it.

Returning home, I contacted a relative who owns a small garage locally. He said the bumper did not need to be replaced, it could be welded easily, costing about a fifth of the price quoted by the dealer. The bumper is now repaired so skillfully that it is impossible to see where it had been welded. In fact, I joked that maybe he had replaced it.

This incident demonstrates the waste of energy and resources in our consumption habits of replacing rather than repairing. Carbon emissions are reduced by not having to manufacture another bumper, by not having to transport it from wherever it is manufactured, and by not having to transport the car elsewhere. There is also a reduction in the waste we produce which is becoming a problem in most countries.

- Advertisement -

So how do we change our consumption habits? And here we do not need to reinvent the wheel; the Swedish government has done the thinking for us. They intend to encourage a culture of repair rather than replacing by substantially reducing VAT on items that are repaired. Additionally, people can claim an income tax rebate equivalent to half the labour cost of repairs. The Swedish government hopes that such proposals will become law in January.

If more countries followed the Swedish example, think of the impact that would have globally on our CO2 emissions. Manufacturing goods is energy intensive. The website "Fix it-Don't replace it" gives the example of the iphone6 where 85% of its lifecycle's carbon footprint is from manufacturing it, not using it and another 3% from shipping it.

Climate change is with us already and such measures are needed as a matter of urgency. Such a proposal should not be a party political issue. Good quality jobs would be created in the country where the appliance is used. It would save the consumer money, and it is good for the environment.

- Advertisement -

Could we do something similar in Britain? Does this have to be a political issue and parties have to have it in their manifestos before it could happen? I don't see where disagreement between parties could arise. I don't see why in Britain a group of MPs from all the parties in parliament couldn't get together to push for the Swedish proposal to be adopted.

I saved a packet by having the bumper repaired and not replaced, and who wouldn't, given the opportunity. We all want to do our bit for the environment. We need our government to do its bit to help us do the right thing.


- Advertisement -

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It


Dr Adnan Al-Daini took early retirement in 2005 as a principal lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at a British University. His PhD in Mechanical Engineering is from Birmingham University, UK. He has published numerous applied scientific research (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Libyan revolution

The Pursuit of Happiness. America, live up to the ideals of your Declaration of Independence

The Power of the Media

The Obscenity of War and Military Spending in a World of Need and Suffering

Global Warming: Doing Nothing or Very Little Is Not an Option

Education -- Heading to Mediocrity for the Many