Sustainability: It’s all the rage
posted by limit
Living in the front range and especially living near boulder, I hear a lot about sustainable living, being green, conserving, being responsible. I’m told that as a climber, I should care about these things even more. I’m also told that as an(supposedly) educated person, I should be able to think and analyze this stuff for myself. Here is what I’ve come up with.
Get Fat and Smoke
Fat people eat more, this is true (the methane gas produced by all those burger making cows is quite damaging to the glaciers, I’m told). They also die earlier and thus use fewer resources. Fat smokers die even earlier. Now THAT is responsible living.
Sustainable Clean Clothes
I’m pretty new to this sustainable greenie thing but washing and drying your clothes seems grossly irrisponsible to me. Think about it for a minute. Your washer uses something like 40 gallons of water PER LOAD. Your dryer is one of the most energy intensive appliances in the house. But thats not the worst of it. You know that lint trap you have to clean out every time you dry clothes? That is your clothes LITERALLY falling apart. Do you know how much damage it does the planet to drill and refine the oil for nylon, weave it, design it, sew it, and and ship it halfway across the globe? Neither do I but I’m fucking pissed about it.
I have taken the most responsible step and stopped doing laundry. If you just can’t stomach that, I have also started one of the most innovative green sector businesses of the 21st century. Starting in May 2010, you can send your used dryer lint to me, LIMIT, and I will put it through an intense cleaning and conditioning process before spinning it into yarn and reweaving it into socks and stocking hats. I will sell these for exorbitant prices. You will purchase them to assuage the guilt you feel for doing too much laundry.
If you were REALLY interested in sustainability you would quit this selfish sport and go live in a hemp yurt in the tundra(just think of all the damage you are doing and energy you are using by buying gear, driving to the crag, or even posting on mountain project). You probably can’t quite stomach that which can only mean one thing: compromise. Here is my suggestion for the green-guilt ridden climbing addict. Sell the trad rack, sell the quick draws and ONLY climb at areas with fixed perma-draws(ie, rifle, the red, france). Yes that’s right–Sport climbing is far more environmentally friendly than trad climbing. Imagine, for a minute, the damage made to Mother Earth by mining aluminum for EVERY CLIMBER to own a rack of double or triple cams, stoppers, brassies, offsets, hexes, hooks, and lost arrows? I ask you, which has more impact:
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