What follows is a partial list of consumer products that, I assert, do NOT need to be powered. I honestly can’t see much room to argue most of them.
- Can openers
- Egg beaters
- Corkscrews for wine bottles
- Air Fresheners
- Suckers and other hard candy
- Teddy bears, Stick Ponies
- Board games
- Books (sorry e-reader fans)
- Musical instruments
- Coffee cups/mugs
- Staplers of any kind
There are dozens more things to list here. If you’re on board with me, add a few that you can think of in the comments….
The point is that these things don’t save you time or improve your life at all. In fact, they do the opposite.
If you gift someone a 12 volt plug-in travel coffee mug guess what else you secretly gave them?
- An item that doesn’t match the rest of their mugs
- Another lid to keep track of
- An item that can’t be washed in a sink full of water (or dishwasher) but must be carefully hand washed to avoid damaging the electrical element inside
- An extra cord to keep track of, or potentially two cords, one for the car and one for the desk
- More reliance on the grid (instead of using a simple thermos, they now use a few cents of power to keep the same coffee warm)
- Another reminder that our society shouldn’t fix broken things, just throw them away (and it WILL break)
People, STOP. The reason you can’t think of anything to give to your friends and family for Christmas or their birthday is because THEY LITERALLY DON’T NEED ANYTHING. Anything. At. All.
“No, we couldn’t *not* get them a gift, and, hey, look, this gadget is only $9.99!”
Buying it for yourself? Again, STOP. Your life won’t be better if you get a powered wine un-corker! Instead, you now have to keep track of the charging cord, make sure the batteries are charged when you need them to be, and REPLACE those batteries when they wear out after 4 or 5 years. What? It’s a sealed unit? Oh gosh, time for a whole new one then.
Your house doesn’t need a motion activated battery powered air freshener with expensive refills, either. You are just addicted to shopping. Stop CONSUMING.
Thoughts? Any more items to add to the list above? Post them in the comments.