“Whoopee!” My twenty-four-year-old food processor broke. I get to pick a new, bigger one in stainless steel! Or maybe red. Definitely red. But hey, a tiny, critical, piece broke off the lid. The machine won’t work without that teensy wedge of plastic. That’s the only problem, except for a dull chopping blade and the yellowed plastic housing (once gleaming white). The most expensive part of the machine, its motor, is fine. Can I replace just the lid? Should I?
After all, now’s my chance to get a brand new food processor. Bigger. Prettier. New. I love new. Still. Every day, one way or another, I work to reduce my footprint on the Earth, not just for me, but in hopes of preserving for my grandchildren and future generations a little of the good air, water and soil some of us on this planet are lucky enough still to enjoy. One of the ways I do that: Making my kitchen a little “greener.”
How irresponsible would it be to buy a new food processor just because I want one that’s a little bigger and prettier, when I can replace the lid with a few keystrokes? Cuisinart made it easy, by placing the lid’s model number right above the piece that broke off. Guess they knew this would happen eventually.
Now the greenest, most responsible thing to do would be to order the part from a local appliance repair shop. But I use this food processor every day, sometimes several times a day. If I order online ($19), I can get it in just a few days instead of weeks. This time, I opt for getting it sooner. While I’m at it, I order a new chopping blade ($25). I’d say twenty-six years is a good long time for a chopping blade to last, wouldn’t you?
The new lid’s model number is slightly different, but the company assures me it will fit. When it arrives, I find it does, though not as easily as the old one. I have to be careful, when I set the lid, that I get it just right. After a few uses, I make the slight adjustments with a flick of the wrist, hardly noticing I’m doing it.
Sure, I’d have liked a new, bigger, prettier (red) food processor with all the attachments. At $229 in the online catalog, it’s expensive, and I seldom need that large size, or all those extra goodies. This seven-cupper is the perfect size for the space I have. By replacing the old parts, I just saved our family $185, not including the tax. So many ways to spend that money!
What would you have done?
Would you take advantage of the opportunity to buy a new appliance? Or would you rather spend that money on something else? How does your sense of your ecological footprint weigh in matters like this?