Excellent article! Thanks for the link, too. Green products and services are still quite new and undeveloped in many cases to give us a real idea of what we should be calling Green. So far the spectrum seems to be wide enough to, in some cases, makes us believe we are buying something Green which is not.
There is still a long way to go in the Green world.
Most of the time, consume less is better than buying green. Statistics show humans always use up resources we develop intentionally and tap into natural resources each year. Depletion of natural resources is something we must change our life style.
Great point. This is sort of like the Parkinson's principle but related to resources. It goes that a resource given a certain amount of abundance will utilize all available before complete consumption.
I think it is in human nature to subconsciously find ways to exploit resources for our own benefit, even if it is not totally necessary. This is why people slap the green lable on things to try to get us to think about our wasteful ways. I guess it's one step in the right direction.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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