Being Green, how important is it to you and where do you draw the line?

Posted: November 9, 2010 in Uncategorized
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As a family, we’ve always tried to be environmentally friendly, in fact I spend more time separately and collapsing recyclables than anything else some mornings, but I don’t begrudge it.   Its for our future and our kids futures, etc, etc.  The same goes for work, when we moved our office and the new location did not have curbside recycling a few of us would collect up the recyclables and take turns bringing them home for garbage day.  Its not a huge thing, but every little thing adds up.
So when I come across a company that doesn’t recycle or do what they can to be green I will personally boycott them and look for a greener alternative.  Most of the time that works, but what do you do when there doesn’t seem to be a greener way?
This is my conundrum today.  Its time to renew my MacLife magazine subscription.

MacLife, and before that its predecessor MacAddict, have been steady reading since the first Volume and of late, the online digital version has become my favorite magazine about the Mac and all things related.  That’s why when it was time to renew I checked their website for information regarding just getting the digital version since I rarely (if ever) refer back to past issues, but I hate to just throw them away, so there is a ever-growing stack of magazines in various places around the house much to the chagrin of my wife.

So after checking and finding nothing on the MacLife website about it, I emailed customer service hoping for an answer, unfortunately didn’t get the answer I wanted.

not a “green” response

Sure, they GIVE you the digital version free along with the printed version, (check it out here) but they have no way of letting you get JUST the digital version.  I’m not even looking for a discounted price (although that again would be a good idea), just a way to stop killing the trees and using the ink required to make a monthly magazine.

Which brings me to the crux of the dilema. At what point do you draw the line and say “Well, if you are not going to be environmentally friendly then i’m not going to support your [company] [magazine] [store]?

Its a good magazine, even though its possible to find the same info on numerous websites and review sites if you want to spend the time, and it is nice to be able to get it all in one place and get the input from the experienced writers on staff, but at what cost?  For those of us who only read a magazine once, the digital format is perfect.  Especially if you want to quote part of it, or forward on a chunk to a friend, coworker or client for their interest.  I’m on the fence with this one. Part of me says  “follow your convictions and do not renew if they will not offer a digital only version“, but a small part still says “there are times its good to have a non-electronic copy“.  Sitting in the washroom reading for instance.  Not exactly someplace you want to take your laptop for a number of reasons.

So i’m turning to you, constant readers, to help me decide.  What are your thoughts?  Where do you draw the line?  What sacrifices do you make in the name of being environmentally friendly?

BTW the city finally got there act together and began recycling in our area.  Score one for the environment.



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