Manufacturing Garbage

Manufacturing Garbage

Jonathan B.
Aug 21, 2007

We're a bit busy these days. The move happens in 4 days; kindly bear that in mind while we tell you about something we recently purchased. In a moving-induced frenzy, we picked up this Energizer battery charger in an effort to stem the tide of spent AA's spilling from our digital camera.

Don't get us wrong: rechargeable batteries are a great thing, and certainly greener than many disposable (or "one-time use") batteries. (We keep this one unplugged when it's not in use, just in case it's a vampire that needlessly draws current all the time.)

But why, we ask, does a battery charger need a replaceable plastic faceplate?

And why did ours come with not one, not two, but three faceplates? While we can imagine that a few people out there might change the faceplate on their battery charger to match their decor, things like this are usually hidden in the utility areas of a home, where looks don't matter as much, and put away when not in active use. (It's not like it's that attractive, anyway.)

As for everyone else? We're guessing that, like us, the two unused faceplates will sit out on the counter for a few days and then go straight in the trash bin. Even worse: they're not coded for recycling.

We think there's a simple name for products like this: manufactured garbage. Shame on us for not looking more carefully at the package.

Have you found any products as bad (or worse) than this one?

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