As a small UK business that has adopted tech as part of our future and as a result, I study closely from a wide range of sources many aspects that may affect us.
Those who are aware of the adoption of ESG by large corporations and how they and governments around the world are striving towards net-zero targets. Their long-term intention is to control our consumption via personal carbon credits, probably via CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) More here. There is much more to this but to keep things simple I will specifically focus on the carbon credits aspect that each and every one of us will face in the future.
If this amongst other aspects gets put into place, then those people who rely on wasteful consumerism will be affected the worst. It certainly looks like life could be returning to an era of ‘make do’ and ‘fix it’ and for some, it will provide new opportunities. if they have those skills and hand tools where manpower becomes a big factor again.
I can hear the cries now of ‘This is not progress’ or ‘we will be going backward’ but having thought long and hard about this, there are many factors at play that those in power must consider at some point in the future.
With the Global ability to produce new things to consume, especially with AI on the horizon and the rise of worldwide affluence, it’s a fact the planet cannot sustain the growing waste elephant in the room. We humans are very resourceful when we need to be or are forced to be.
So for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint, using vintage tools is an excellent way to do so. Vintage tools are not only eco-friendly, but they are also usually more reliable than modern tools which in themselves will carry a carbon footprint. Using vintage tools and learning to maintain them will help preserve the environment by reducing the need for new materials to produce new tools, especially with the energy-intensive manufacturing process needed.
As the world becomes increasingly aware of the effects of climate change whether we believe this or not, more and more people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. One way to do this is by using vintage tools for everyday tasks as opposed to the modern type which are often designed to be used a few times before they are discarded. Modern tool quality has declined over the years due to the focus on the DIY market consumer who does not have the skills needed for tool maintenance.