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(Mother Nature Network)   To help save the planet would you be willing to share a blender or a waffle iron with everyone on your street?   (mnn.com) divider line 68
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2014-02-05 06:22:15 AM  
Dagwood Bumstead and his neighbor, Herb, have been doing this for decades.
 
2014-02-05 06:23:35 AM  
There are three females in this house and they all cook. Not a chance.

I'm getting farking fat
 
2014-02-05 06:24:13 AM  
Article title:   "Would you share your blender? The kitchen library concept bets you will
Do we really need to own all the gadgets in our homes, or would we be better off sharing them with a community?"

Author's first sentence:  Fark that.

Beautiful.
 
2014-02-05 06:25:09 AM  
Every year during our block party we share our blender with the neighbors.
 
2014-02-05 06:25:25 AM  
No, and I wish they would stop asking.
 
2014-02-05 06:26:43 AM  
Nope. Next question?
 
2014-02-05 06:27:46 AM  
It is kind of an interesting idea. Ive thought of doing something similar among friends with outdoor equipment. So you could bum a mountain bike or snowboard or camp stove easily.
 
2014-02-05 06:28:06 AM  
I wish neighbors would share their blender with me. And then wash it when I'm done with it.
 
2014-02-05 06:35:03 AM  

fireclown: It is kind of an interesting idea. Ive thought of doing something similar among friends with outdoor equipment. So you could bum a mountain bike or snowboard or camp stove easily.


I'm surprised there's not more money in equipment rental. I think there's money to be made renting carpet shampooers, ladders, and any other large, bulky objects that are used relatively infrequently.
 
2014-02-05 06:40:07 AM  

Sim Tree: fireclown: It is kind of an interesting idea. Ive thought of doing something similar among friends with outdoor equipment. So you could bum a mountain bike or snowboard or camp stove easily.

I'm surprised there's not more money in equipment rental. I think there's money to be made renting carpet shampooers, ladders, and any other large, bulky objects that are used relatively infrequently.


For heavy equipment, yes. For kitchen or simple handyman type work, no. You won't ever get past the convenience factor.
 
2014-02-05 06:41:11 AM  
Everyone? Even Foolish Fat Frederick? Nope!
 
2014-02-05 06:43:23 AM  
Not all of them. Some of my neighbors are assholes.

/Another idea: don't use specialized equipment. Kitchens are the worst. Somehow, during the '50's, I think, we got convinced that you need a specialized kitchen gizmo for everything.  Blender?  A good food processor will do the job just fine.  Garlic press?  Use a kitchen knife.  I could go on.

//waffles originally were made with two cast iron pans over an open fire.  a waffle iron appears to be the one specialized kitchen gizmo you might need.  But, never fear, if you don't have one, this lady has done the research for us: http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/2012/08/grill-pan-waffles-how-to-ma k e-waffles.html
 
2014-02-05 06:44:51 AM  
stupid cooperative bullshiat.  Anyone whom has ever lent out a tool knows how this sad tale always ends up... broken waffle irons and tears... that is all.
 
2014-02-05 06:46:31 AM  

Maul555: stupid cooperative bullshiat.  Anyone whom has ever lent out a tool knows how this sad tale always ends up... broken waffle irons and tears... that is all.


There's also the fact that they always come back dirty. Or carrying bedbugs.
 
2014-02-05 06:46:54 AM  

agent00pi: Sim Tree: fireclown: It is kind of an interesting idea. Ive thought of doing something similar among friends with outdoor equipment. So you could bum a mountain bike or snowboard or camp stove easily.

I'm surprised there's not more money in equipment rental. I think there's money to be made renting carpet shampooers, ladders, and any other large, bulky objects that are used relatively infrequently.

For heavy equipment, yes. For kitchen or simple handyman type work, no. You won't ever get past the convenience factor.


I dunno man, kitchen equipment adds up. I don't see sharing blenders, but more obscure stuff, like a pizelle iron or pasta roller? Sure.
 
2014-02-05 06:47:42 AM  
No. Just no.

It`s like my tools. Nobody gets a chance to lose, scratch, dent, dint, crack, bend, warp, sever, distort, or otherwise alter any of my tools of kitchenware.

I have knives I can shave with and could probably do surgery with if I had to. I know if I need to `tidy up` a gash or wound I head for the kitchen first not the first aid cabinet, the cabinet is for binding.
 
2014-02-05 06:48:37 AM  
Those things require electricity.
Nobody around here is that highbrow.
Electricity is elitist and anti-democratic.
 
2014-02-05 06:48:57 AM  

Maul555: stupid cooperative bullshiat.  Anyone whom has ever lent out a tool knows how this sad tale always ends up... broken waffle irons and tears... that is all.


exactly. Then who pays for it to get replaced?
 
2014-02-05 06:50:54 AM  
I don't have, use, or need any of that stuff; so, saving the planet-wise, I'm a superhero. Yaay me; time to iron the cape for work...

...can I borrow your iron?
 
2014-02-05 06:54:35 AM  
What better way to endure that the black death returns.

/Yes, I am a bit of a germ o phobe.
 
2014-02-05 06:55:33 AM  
I'll give them my Belgian waffle iron though. That thing makes a 2.5" waffle! Not my cup of tea.
 
2014-02-05 06:59:32 AM  

Sim Tree: I'm surprised there's not more money in equipment rental. I think there's money to be made renting carpet shampooers, ladders, and any other large, bulky objects that are used relatively infrequently.


Not sure where you're located, but around here carpet shampooers are available to rent at the average supermarket. But in general I agree with you. The one that bugs me the most is having to own a riding mower that I use for ~2 hours a week for half the year, and the rest of the time sits in my garage taking up space. Last time I replaced it I tried to persuade a neighbor to go halves, but no joy.

Maybe cooperative sharing is the wrong model (for all the reasons mentioned upthread), but something more like Zipcar? Today's young adults seem a lot less ownership-oriented than my generation.
 
2014-02-05 07:00:05 AM  

NobleHam: I wish neighbors would share their blender with me. And then wash it when I'm done with it.


You sound like one of my neighbors.  She did use an appliance of another neighbor once and returned it unwashed.  Her excuse?  She didn't know how it should be cleaned and she didn't want to mess it up.

She's also the one who, when I gave her a dozen ears of sweet corn out of the garden once (once being a key word), told me I should have brought her some butter also because she was out.

People like her are why an idea like this would probably not work.
 
2014-02-05 07:03:31 AM  
Daddy must be so proud of his little Sarah Lawrence graduate:

Starre Vartan
Eco-fashionista and world traveler blogs on sustainable style and living
 
2014-02-05 07:03:50 AM  
Sure. Just as soon as millionaires and billionaires give up their millions and billions. I'll play, long as the field is level.
 
2014-02-05 07:06:30 AM  
We're already sharing way more than that.

/Our code for orgy at the neighbor's house is 'vitamix party'

//Swinging saves the erf!
 
2014-02-05 07:06:43 AM  
No, it sounds inconvenient to have to wait to get it from them, seeing as how people have lives and probably aren't at home 24/7. I cook all the time. Do I want to have to check with 10 other people before I use something? No. If I had to do something, I'd rather live in a smaller house that used less lighting and heating resources then have to have my kitchen run like some kind of communal equipment cloud. And fark those crappy new lightbulbs, too. You didn't have to ban horse and carriages to get people to switch to cars. They switched when the technology was good enough and at the right place. If you have to ban something to get people to use some other product, it isn't as good as what it was replacing.
 
2014-02-05 07:06:54 AM  

Tomahawk513: agent00pi: Sim Tree: fireclown: It is kind of an interesting idea. Ive thought of doing something similar among friends with outdoor equipment. So you could bum a mountain bike or snowboard or camp stove easily.

I'm surprised there's not more money in equipment rental. I think there's money to be made renting carpet shampooers, ladders, and any other large, bulky objects that are used relatively infrequently.

For heavy equipment, yes. For kitchen or simple handyman type work, no. You won't ever get past the convenience factor.

I dunno man, kitchen equipment adds up. I don't see sharing blenders, but more obscure stuff, like a pizelle iron or pasta roller? Sure.


I don't know, odds are that if you have a pasta roller, you're not going to let that sucker out of your sight.
 
2014-02-05 07:17:57 AM  
Wealth redistribution? In my America??
 
2014-02-05 07:19:10 AM  
7/10 on the trolly headline, subby. I thought the article actually had something to do with the headline--thankfully it doesn't, because that would be farking idiotic.

I don't see the downside to public object libraries, though; people who don't regularly need or can't afford certain things can use them and the world is a slightly better place for everyone.
 
2014-02-05 07:20:19 AM  

Sim Tree: I'm surprised there's not more money in equipment rental.


I don't know where you live, but there are several tool rental places within 5 miles of me.  I use them frequently.  Not for crap like a drill or something, but for heavy equipment it's great.  Need a bobcat?  Call them up, it's at your house faster than ordering a pizza.
 
2014-02-05 07:20:56 AM  
Depends.  Who are the people in my neighborhood?  In my neighborhood?  In my neigh-bor-hoood....
 
2014-02-05 07:21:35 AM  

CowardlyLion: 7/10 on the trolly headline, subby. I thought the article actually had something to do with the headline--thankfully it doesn't, because that would be farking idiotic.

I don't see the downside to public object libraries, though; people who don't regularly need or can't afford certain things can use them and the world is a slightly better place for everyone.


Is it?
 
2014-02-05 07:24:56 AM  

Wodan11: Not all of them. Some of my neighbors are assholes.

/Another idea: don't use specialized equipment. Kitchens are the worst. Somehow, during the '50's, I think, we got convinced that you need a specialized kitchen gizmo for everything.  Blender?  A good food processor will do the job just fine.  Garlic press?  Use a kitchen knife.  I could go on.

//waffles originally were made with two cast iron pans over an open fire.  a waffle iron appears to be the one specialized kitchen gizmo you might need.  But, never fear, if you don't have one, this lady has done the research for us: http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/2012/08/grill-pan-waffles-how-to-ma k e-waffles.html


i265.photobucket.com You only need one specialized gadget in the kitchen. Fire extinguisher.
 
2014-02-05 07:28:01 AM  

OhioUGrad: You only need one specialized gadget in the kitchen. Fire extinguisher.


His show taught me a ton about cooking simply and cheaply.

No rolling pin? Wine bottle.
No meat tenderizer? Wine bottle.
Nothing to keep salad dressing in? Wine bottle.

My kitchen is knives and wine bottles.
 
2014-02-05 07:35:04 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: OhioUGrad: You only need one specialized gadget in the kitchen. Fire extinguisher.

His show taught me a ton about cooking simply and cheaply.

No rolling pin? Wine bottle.
No meat tenderizer? Wine bottle.
Nothing to keep salad dressing in? Wine bottle.

My kitchen is knives and wine bottles.


Yeah, the show was pretty awesome, I have every episode

/You forgot, thirsty while cooking, wine =)
 
2014-02-05 07:36:22 AM  
If I and my neighbours each have Gizmo A, and Gizmo A needs to be replaced once every 8 to 10 years because it is worn down, how would it be better for the environment if 8 to 10 of us share once Gizmo A but it needs to be replaced every year due to heavier use? We'd have the same impact but we lose the convenience of it always being available. Never mind the state in which it would be available when I'd need it.
 
2014-02-05 07:36:37 AM  
in every language of the globe, not a farking chance in hell.
 
2014-02-05 07:37:48 AM  

Wodan11: Not all of them. Some of my neighbors are assholes.

/Another idea: don't use specialized equipment. Kitchens are the worst. Somehow, during the '50's, I think, we got convinced that you need a specialized kitchen gizmo for everything.  Blender?  A good food processor will do the job just fine.  Garlic press?  Use a kitchen knife.  I could go on.

//waffles originally were made with two cast iron pans over an open fire.  a waffle iron appears to be the one specialized kitchen gizmo you might need.  But, never fear, if you don't have one, this lady has done the research for us: http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/2012/08/grill-pan-waffles-how-to-ma k e-waffles.html


I just bought a doughnut pan.  :)
 
2014-02-05 07:40:00 AM  
I think this could work if:

1) There was a rental system and the money was put towards cleaning/maintainence.

2) It was for big, bulky or expensive items that were only used sometimes. A snowblower or power washer? Sure. Not so sure about a waffle iron or power juicer. Then again, you could just do rent-to-own and return it the next week the day before the next payment is due.

3) Objects got a nice quick blast of radiation between loans in case stuff like bedbugs are hitchiking inside.
 
2014-02-05 07:44:32 AM  

DerAppie: If I and my neighbours each have Gizmo A, and Gizmo A needs to be replaced once every 8 to 10 years because it is worn down, how would it be better for the environment if 8 to 10 of us share once Gizmo A but it needs to be replaced every year due to heavier use? We'd have the same impact but we lose the convenience of it always being available. Never mind the state in which it would be available when I'd need it.


Also if I own Gizmo A, I'm gonna take care of it.

How do people treat ibrary items? Like crap. So many scratched CDs and DVDs; underlining/highighting, weird marginalia in books, etc.

I don't know if it's cultural or just human, but we take care of shiat we own.
 
2014-02-05 07:49:23 AM  
dready zim:

I have knives I can shave with and could probably do surgery with if I had to. I know if I need to `tidy up` a gash or wound I head for the kitchen first not the first aid cabinet, the cabinet is for binding.

Your solution  to lacerations is to break out the chef knife and carve them into something nicer?? You're farking hardcore.
 
2014-02-05 07:54:20 AM  
No. What has this planet ever done for me?
 
2014-02-05 07:56:32 AM  
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For every planet you save, I'm going to eat two.
 
2014-02-05 07:56:43 AM  
How about we create regulations that forces companies to go back to building products that don't break in a year and which can be easily repaired?  Addressing the 1%er-driven, throwaway culture would do a whole hell of a lot more to "save the planet" than sharing your waffle iron with your neighbors will.
 
2014-02-05 08:01:52 AM  

Xenomech: How about we create regulations that forces companies to go back to building products that don't break in a year and which can be easily repaired?  Addressing the 1%er-driven, throwaway culture would do a whole hell of a lot more to "save the planet" than sharing your waffle iron with your neighbors will.


This
 
2014-02-05 08:04:28 AM  

indarwinsshadow: Sure. Just as soon as millionaires and billionaires give up their millions and billions. I'll play, long as the field is level.


They're not going to give it up - we have to take it from them.

//I have "https everywhere" installed, right?
 
2014-02-05 08:12:04 AM  

Wodan11: Blender? A good food processor will do the job just fine.


Our food processor is much much heavier than our blender. Our kitchen is small, so the food processor is not "out" all the time. The blender gets used almost every day.

/garlic press is another story...
 
2014-02-05 08:16:07 AM  

IamAwake: Xenomech: How about we create regulations that forces companies to go back to building products that don't break in a year and which can be easily repaired?  Addressing the 1%er-driven, throwaway culture would do a whole hell of a lot more to "save the planet" than sharing your waffle iron with your neighbors will.

This


Seconded.  I've been fortunate enough to know people in the restaurant biz, and that stuff is usually easier to repair and maintain. I have a blender that's 15 years old.
 
2014-02-05 08:26:52 AM  

agent00pi: Sim Tree: fireclown: It is kind of an interesting idea. Ive thought of doing something similar among friends with outdoor equipment. So you could bum a mountain bike or snowboard or camp stove easily.

I'm surprised there's not more money in equipment rental. I think there's money to be made renting carpet shampooers, ladders, and any other large, bulky objects that are used relatively infrequently.

For heavy equipment, yes. For kitchen or simple handyman type work, no. You won't ever get past the convenience factor.


This could work on a neighborhood level though. If you devote one hell of a tool shed to public use and fund it through the HOA, you could have a pretty sweet "rental" system with HOA fines for damage/unreturned items.

/No, I don't hate HOAs
//Just the people who run them.
 
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