I’ve been a superintendent at a few buildings in Toronto. Every unit comes with a refrigerator. A very large one consuming 145 watts of power and more per hour.
Even bachelor apartments had huge monsters.
A single person or even a couple does not need these beasts.
I bought one in Haiti that consume only 85 watts per hour.
Designed in France, made in China.
Made in China, most likely found its way to a U.S. port before settling in Haiti.
Why all this travel while it can be made in North America.
We complain the China is undercutting costs.
Time for every continent to start manufacturing products at home. There would be a very large decrease in International shipping which is very, very polluting. It pollutes our air and oceans.
We have only ourselves to blame.
Another issue is quality. Old refrigerators lasted 20 to 30 years. New ones 5 if one is lucky. Repairing them often costs as much as buying a new one. That goes for many of our “disposable” every day products. Telephones, televisions, shoes, mixers…
We ship oil and coal to Asian Countries via oil tankers. They produce products to again be shipped around the world.
All the while we should keep what we need manufactured where they are used.
Many people became rich because they became the middle man to Asia. We lost many jobs and worse of all our self respect.
China, the biggest giant, must be laughing at us all the way to the bank!
Shifting jobs to Mexico from Canada and the U.S. is no better. Weaker work regulations, lower pay, less environmental protection.
Yes Mexico is part of North America but standards must be universal.
Wake up, let us stop shooting ourselves in the foot.