How come I rarely come across posts that have to do with the ecology in the personal finance blogs I read?
I think that most pfbloggers — myself included — try to walk a fine line where they're not stirring the pot. I've made a huge effort to not post anything religious or political in nature. Now, I understand that ecology isn't necessarily political, and that its importance may go beyond one man's desire not to rile up his readers (and that it may even be best for the readers to get riled up), but the subject descends into the political quickly.
I am not opposed to hosting guest articles on almost any
subject, though. I've hosted articles from authors whose religious viewpoints differed from mine. I've hosted articles from authors whose political viewpoints differed from mine. But for myself, I try to keep politics and religion out of my writing here. (I rant and rave plenty at my personal site, if people really want to experience it.)
That said, rhbee
, I would be happy to post a guest entry from you on this subject, if you're interested in writing one.
Regarding your actual question: I don't think many people think about long-term costs when it comes to something like the sort of bag they use. Kris and I always ask for paper at the grocery store, but they still send us home with plastic half the time. They're too set in their routine. The employees don't think of anything beyond what is convenient for them. Nor do the consumers. The store simply thinks of short-term costs.
As far as manufacturing, I understand the implications of plastics with regard to a possible decline in oil production, but what sorts of wastes occur in the manufacturing process. I work in the paper industry (corrugated cardboard), and am not proud that our raw material comes from suppliers who are heavy polluters. Making paper dumps harmful chemicals into the environment. Is this also the case with making plastic bags? (I really don't know.)
Personal finance and environmentalism don't always have to clash, but they often do.
This is an excellent point, Croz, and worthy of a blog entry. Your example of CFLs is perfect
. Make it a win-win thing, and people will buy into it.
Seriously -- if any of you are interested in producing a guest entry on this subject, drop me a line