Today’s blog is for Doris Stogdale! Here she is with her 58 year old fridge. I think all ‘white goods’ should be built to last a lifetime; instead of the flimsy one or two years that things last for now! We bought our fridge freezer in 2005 and it’s on its last legs. The seals need replacing (not even sure if you can replace fridge freezer door seals) and it certainly won’t last ten years. Doris has has the chance to replace her fridge in the past, but as it still worked, she didn’t see the need to. I think Doris is a very green granny!
I’m going to have Doris as one of my role models. I no longer want to replace anything with something new, but with something serviceable and functioning. If I can give it a new home, whether that’s a piece of furniture or an item of clothing, I will do that instead of buying new. None of us need a ‘new sofa by Christmas’ or to decorate our home, or replace curtains unless, what ever you are replacing is beyond repair or just totally defunct.
I know there will be people stating in comments that her fridge can not be triple A rated and must use more electricity, however, as most fridges last at most, for five years, by keeping this one; Doris has saved the carbon foot print created by 11 or 12 other fridges if she had renewed and ‘upgraded’.If any of you have seen the ‘Wee man’ at the Eden Project and the skips full of waste electrical goods at the tip, you will know we throw a great deal of electrical goods away, simply to ‘upgrade’. Let’s all raise our afternoon tea cups to Doris Stogdale and her thrifty, non wasting ways and long may her fridge chill her cheese!