Delusions of Greendeur

One more example of trying to feel good without making any changes whatsoever. A desk chair today with an oversized glossy tag stating how the chair was constructed with “green” foam. The quotation marks are there on the green-colored tag. “Green” foam, the tag explains, is foam made from recycled materials that would have otherwise been sent to the landfill.

No mention of the pleather used to upholster the chair, or the source of the metal frame, or the plastic caster rolling wheels, or the screws used to keep it all together. Just the “Grren” foam, and an oversized tag providing all this information and a little bit more. How the manufacturer, along with the purchasers of the chair, are greening the world, “one chair at a time.”

Oh doesn’t this make you feel good about your new purchase? For about one second until your brain wakes up and you question any of this nonsense. How long do you suppose these chairs will last? Will our grandchildren be recycling them into new “green” products? The quotes once again because if it was beyond question the quotes would be unnecessary. Where do the boxes the chairs were shipped in go? To the landfill or to be recycled again and again?

This barely even qualifies as critical thinking. No piece of brand new furniture purchased for $59 can be realistically expected to last very long. So this rolly “green” foam swivel chair will not find its way into the landfill for a few years beyond when the foam padding alone would have been dumped, presumably. Way to go Earth People!

Published in: on September 14, 2007 at 11:15 pm  Leave a Comment