Reduce, Reuse and Recycle get a lot of attention already, but until our refrigerator stopped working last week, we never considered a fourth possibility: Repair.
We inherited the original refrigerator that was installed in our house when it was built in 1989. It’s a Subzero, which turns out to be long lasting, built in the USA and designed to keep food longer than the typical refrigerator design. So after 23 years of operation, she stopped cooling and we were lucky to have another refrigerator in the garage that we crammed all our food into temporarily. The technician’s quote to repair it made it financially obvious to get rid of the Subzero and get a new refrigerator. But we had to weigh the other options.
We’ve been trained in our culture that if it doesn’t work or is inconvenient, it is acceptable to throw it away and get a new one (this applies to relationships as well). And to feel good about throwing things away, we try more than ever to donate (reuse) or recycle items. In our case, all the options we could choose to get rid of this appliance didn’t provide a 100% guarantee that it would be completely recycled. We didn’t like those options.
For us, Repair was the opportunity to avoid sending all or part of this 500 pound appliance into a landfill and that the only thing it would take is creating some additional income over and beyond our budget. Repair upholds all our commitments to our family, the environment, and forwarding the use of reusable straws in the world. So we’ve made our choice and we are going to Repair our refrigerator.
So we are turning to you for some support. If you are inspired to help us repair and save our refrigerator and want some new straws in the process, we’ve got a “Thanks For Saving Our Fridge” special for you! Use coupon code THX4SOF to get 25% off anything in our online store through
Friday, August 10th Sunday, August 12th. There’s no minimum order and it can be used by anyone placing an order online. Note that the coupon code goes on the View Cart page to the right of your cart.
Also, if you leave a comment below sharing something (even a relationship) you’ve repaired instead of throwing away and the positive outcome of your choice, you’ll be eligible to win one of two 10″ decorative smoothie straws (artist’s choice) we’ll give away on
Friday, August 10th Sunday, August 12th to two random comments.
~Daedra and Brian