In the morning, I saw the broken dustpan, and remembered my thought from the night before. I was horrified with myself. A new dustpan? I didn't need a new one, I just needed to fix the broken one. I was especially surprised that my first thought wasn't to just fix it, because I had fixed a crack in the dustpan before. When did I become someone who just throws things away when they get a little dinged up? Or thinks about it, anyway?
|The duct tape was the first fix, the packing tape was the second.|
From an economic standpoint, it doesn't make sense. I could pick up a new dustpan for a dollar (more, if I don't go to a dollar store), or I could use a few cents worth of tape to fix the crack. From an ecological standpoint, it doesn't make sense either. If I threw the dustpan in the garbage both times it had broken and replaced it with a new one, I would be on my third dustpan since moving to Kentucky. That would mean I would have used 3x the resources for my dustpan needs, and also put 2 dustpans into landfills. I don't know the breakdown for making a dustpan vs. making a couple feet of tape, but I am pretty sure fixing the dustpan is a better option.