Convenient isn’t always best, especially when it equals waste.
Before the creation of the water heater, people would heat water on a stovetop or over an open flame. When it came to bathing, most people wrote hot water off as a luxury and skipped it altogether.
Convenience isn’t always convenient.
Police officers and virtually all other first-responders and emergency personnel are on standby around the clock. I’m sure we have all, at one point or another, seen firefighters shopping at the supermarket with their 100 foot long truck in the parking lot idling at the ready, just in case they are needed.
We tolerate this inefficiency because, when a first-responder is needed, a delay of even a few moments can be the difference between life and death.
As you reflect on all the things you do in your life in the sake of convenience, take a step back and try to see the big picture. That single use coffee cup [straw, napkin, baggie, etc] was more convenient than the reusable version, but at what expense? This earth in which we share in on loan from our children. Do you want to leave it better or worse than you found it?
This article was originally published on Zero Waste Guy.
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