Going green rant #2

United States
August 3, 2008 11:58pm CST
I am on a rant roll right now LOL So before I ranted about how little individual packs of everything are not "green" in any sense. Here is another rant ... scrapbooking! How ungreen can we get? While everyone is trying to recycle their newspaper; there are a huge number of people who scrap book. Well I know some will say that most will re-use scraps and such. Yes that is true; some will. what about those who don't? And what about all the embellishments? And all the energy and such that goes into making them and transporting everything to the store.... Then there are the scrap books. Yeah sure you can pass them on to your kids or whatever but then what? Eventually they end up in the trash heap. MIght not be for a while but they do get there and they take up much more room than a standard photo album. I could go on and on picking apart all the reasons that scrapbooking is not being green ... but why bother? I'll let you guys do it and while you are at it tell me what you think.
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@techgurl (451)
• Greece
7 Aug 08
I love scrapbooking. But I am also too green to do it the traditional way. That is why I choose digital scrapbooking. I am not destroying any trees, plastic, or any other materials except my hard disk which I already use anyway. I am glad that more and more people are turning to this eco-friendly way. This means that they are getting more and more ecologically aware, and the ones that have already been green do not have to give up on this hobby.
• United States
9 Aug 08
Thank you for you reply. If only more scrapbookers would realize the impact their scrapbooking has the potential of creating. I commend you for finding a way to do it in an eco-friendly way.
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
6 Aug 08
First off I do my part to recycle and use my shopping bags instead of the plastic ones at the store. And I am one that scrapbooks, however, the 'trash' I have from scrapbooking doesn't even fill up a small plastic trash bag every two weeks. So, yeah I use up most of my scrap pieces of paper in doing my layouts. There is less packaging in most of the embellishments that there is in most food products we buy. And as for my scrapbooks ending up in the trash heap, that will be at least 60 years from now, and who knows how we will handle waste/trash by then. So, as for scrapbooking not being green..........I'm not going to stop doing it, and they keep coming out with new stuff all the time, so I guess I'm not the only one that is not going to stop. If you don't like it, then fine, don't scrapbook. Matter of fact, why take pictures at all, or at the least don't have them printed, just store them on your computer.....which hmmmm where will that computer end up when it doesn't work anymore??????
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• United States
9 Aug 08
Well miss thing for your rudeness I have marked this as negative. Sorry next time either don't reply to me or drop your rudeness. This is America and I still have a right to voice my opinion. You don't like it then move on. That is all well and good that YOU are careful about your scraps. NOT everyone is. It is nice that you THINK that it will be 60 years till your scrapbooks end up in the trash. I don't really see that happening. You really think your grandkids want your scrapbooks? Please. They will look at them for a bit. Put them on a shelf and forget about them till they move. Then they will not want to pack and move them and in the trash they will go!!! And you know what ...... taking pictures and even having them printed does not create the waste that scrapbooking does. It is a waste of materials and many resources. You know GAS is used to transport that stuff!!!!!! Not to mention you can put so many more pictures in a regular photo album than a scrap book and take up the same about of room. So it even wastes space. I never said that anyone had to stop doing it so why your nasty attitude I don't know. I shared my opinion as to why I think it goes against the trend of going green. In the context of regular day to day life; whatever. But in the context of a world trying to go green; I think scrapbooking is a huge waste of resources all around.
• United States
9 Aug 08
And to the other one giving you a thumbs up for getting snippy with me ... a negative rating as well. Don't bother adding to my posts unless you have something real to say. Next time I won't give you a negative. I will have your post deleted and you won't get paid for it.
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Wow you don't scrapbook do you? First of all a scrapbook is the same as a photo album just with more care. And who throws away photo albums? I have photo albums from my Great GREAT grandparents. Maybe I'm just sentimental but I don't understand your point on them ending up in the garbage. Second I reuse a lot just for my scrapbook. For instance wrapping paper goes in a scrapbook as a background. So its not in the garbage and I'm not buying paper. I don't buy stencils as I know that I can find some thing in my house to use. I use a small garbage can in my craft room and it takes 2 to 3 weeks just to fill up enough to put out. And as far as my garbage goes. We bring most all our garbage down to be burned. And whats left is normally recycling. We on avarage have ONE garbage back out a week! I can't get over your passion for this I mean you can see it in your words how much it annoys you - maybe this is deeper then it not being 'green' maybe your mad because you can't scrap book or no one has included you in theres. I think you need to find a new thing to worry about. PS can you name 10 things you do green???
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• United States
9 Aug 08
Well dear; I considered giving you a positive rating. But then I saw how snippy you got and changed my mind. In future you want to reply to me; drop the attitude. No I don't scrapbook and I never will. It is a collosal waste of all types of resources. Resources such as trees, energy in manufacturing, metals in some of the embellishments, gas to transport everything and lets not forget the time involved in making your pages. It is all well and good that YOU try to be careful as to how much garbage you create scrapbooking. NOT ALL DO!! As far as burning garbage ... nice ... how many toxins you releasing into the air??? Guess you never thought of that? As far as who throws out pictures and photo albums?? Are you serious??? Do I really have to answer that question? Well I guess since you are so ignorant that you had to ask it; I have to answer. A LOT OF PEOPLE throw out pictures. How many couples have broken up and their pictures ended up in the scrap heap? That is just one example. Heck my MIL saved the photo albums from my SIL's first marriage. Why? To take up room? When we moved her into assisted living those pictures went straight in the trash. She also has tons of pictures that my sister in law is going thru. She is keeping a few and the rest are getting thrown out. And trust me honey I am not angry about this or anything. I am expressing my right to free speech. I don't think that scrapbooking fits in with the trend of going green. If it was just a matter of scrapbooks and scrapbooking; whatever, but in the context of the world trying to go green ..... it just doesn't fit. I am not angry that I can't scrapbook, cause honey if I wanted to I could. I have much more talent than to waste cutting up pieces of paper to make a page for one or two pictures. OH that's it.... I just figured this out .... you are making scrapbooks for when the Alzheimer's kicks in!!! Yeah that's it cause pictures alone wouldn't be enough for you to remember things. Sad really that you feel you won't remember things without the aid of an entire page devoted to that time that little Joe took a bath with the dog!!!
• United States
9 Aug 08
If you aren't the pot calling the kettle black. You acuse everyone who responds as being rude and snippy.......however, you're own rude remarks are simply your freedom of speech??
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• United States
9 Aug 08
If you want to rant about something that really makes a difference, how about all those companies that spend millions on mailings........and how much trash that generates, and how wasteful that is? Also, I'm sorry, I don't find it a waste of my time......I also make money with my hobby!
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