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Luxury Buses For The Rich, Dumpster Diving For The Rest Of Us

Topics: Clean & Green | 2 CommentsBy admin | April 4, 2009

I’m either going Freegan or getting a job with Twitter

In my effort to live a greener lifestyle, I can’t decide whether to become a dumpster-diving freegan or get a high-paying job in San Francisco. We touched on dumpster diving back in June 2008, when the concept seemed a little far-fetched for the average American. Apparently though, things are getting tough enough that it’s becoming an acceptable lifestyle. It’s interesting to me, however, the way American society remains curiously stratified even when “going green”. While some people are literally dumpster-diving for dinner, others can only be encouraged to take the bus if it has wifi, leather seats, and a hostess. Although my irritation with Liberal Elitist Crybabies was momentarily aroused by the article in that last link, I dug a little deeper and was a little impressed with the strategies of the Bay Area company Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation. The inclination of course, is to snark at how hard it is to pry an aging yuppy from their BMW, but the company is in fact tapping into a market that otherwise probably WOULD keep driving their car around as the sole occupant, so let’s give them that much. They’re also putting some energy into awareness-raising , and have clearly defined plans for emissions reductions . And of special concern to people like me, yes, they even have the “short bus” option (26MB Video). Not to be confused with a Yuppie Short Bus.

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  1. Posted by Hava on 04.04.09 11:55 am

    This reminds me of an Earth Day Oprah show I saw 2 years ago (I was stuck in a hotel in TX…not much else to do!). She had this (rich)couple on the show who were struggling with their son’s allergies. Then they discovered a small company that made all natural cleaning products. Once they switched, their son got well. they were so impressed they BOUGHT the company, and started having these “tupperware style parties” for Manhattan socialites, to introduce them to this product… I wanted to hate them… but the reality is, that people of means think differently, and one has to appeal to their sense of “class” in order to get them to consider going green.

  2. Posted by admin on 04.04.09 9:39 pm

    That’s so well put, Hava. I know the story you’re talking about and I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the company…wish I could, because oddly I’m working on some content for a multi-level marketing company right now, and always like soaking up the big picture on things…