I HAVE THIS SIMPLE blade coffee grinder that I use for grinding flax seeds. It lost a knob during one of our many moves, but it still works. No points for looking pretty though.
We also have another basic blade coffee grinder, which has all parts and has been fully functional for the last 20 years (OK, we had to sharpen the blade a couple of times). Donating either in favour of new ones might just mean the end of the road for both, since they look past their prime. And then again, why would we? They work just fine.
I often decried the scarcity of ‘cradle to grave’ household items in our present life, and yet, some still exist. Hence the question that needs to be asked:
Do most people really want their household items, or personal use ones such as computers and cell phones for example, to last a long time? Or is the allure of new ones enough to forgo the moral obligation to make the best of resources before we seek to buy more.
Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through her blog at http://www.thinkofclouds.com.