- Wed May 16, 2018 8:28 am
kid, I still don't get your likeness with cars. Now you stress that the diesel gate was mostly initiated by German companies. I am German, is that your point? Well, I get a bit tired of bashing Germany and Germans, lately. Used to like to watch American shows, but it is hard to find an episode without some form of putting Germans down these days. So I do cheat with the label sustainability like German automobile companies, Germans are all cheaters? I do not drive a car so I don't know much about that, but as much as I know those companies cheated with the boundary values of emissions and lied about the environmental effect of their cars. They never claimed anything about sustainability, did they?
Speaking about diesel gate: As an environmentalist, I find it despicable how those automobile companies cheated and how our politicians always don't find the courage to force this industry into more ambitious objectives. We used to be leading in environmental issues, now these ambitions are all gone, all hot steam. As someone interested in global economics, I also see the other side of the coin: ever since the fall of the Berlin wall, global economy takes forms of a trade wars. Even under Obama German and other competitive companies were targeted for misbehaving but American weren't, like in the financial branch Deutsche Bank and Credit Swiss were. The enviromental limits of polution were chosen in a way as to make it hardly possible to compete for German producers, I don't think that there wasn't a political intention in that. While, on the other side, the financial industry could cheat big time by mixing bad bonds with good ones and thus peter out the American debt crisis around the world without any punishment whatsoever. It's all about power these days, Germany is speaking the same language within the EU when it can like with Greece.
Back to the issue at hand, I don't advertise here. Nobody of my possible costumers reads in this forum. I usually do not even tell my costumers that my djembes are sustainable. All they want a djembe that is good looking and sounds fine (yes, mostly in that order of value). I just want to share experiences with colleagues and interested people here and try to have some exchange with them, which has reduced radically since almost everybody seems to do that on facebook nowadays, where I don't wanna go. It is sort of a lonely business with no colleagues around and no feedback.
I feel this thread is loaded now with questions distracting from my original intentions, which is sort of discouraging for me and makes me think about withdrawal. Is it worth the time posting when there is little reaction to offensive? Doesn't feel like that any more.
There is one questions you raise that has a point. Is a second hand djembe sustainable? I am not an expert in sustainabality. I did read an article once where is was criticized that this label is used for many things nowadays with no common qualities. I understood from that article that sustainability in the strict sense means that you take from nature only as much as can grow back in an adequate time frame. In this sense used djembes are not sustainable, since, as you rightly point out, it is completely unclear under what conditions those woods were logged. From another point of view, used djembes are even better, environmentally speaking, than fresh sustainably logged djembe woods, since they are not withdrawn from nature any more, but from households that got tired of their drums. I give them some overhaul and make them attractive for costumers that are looking for new and good djembes and do not want to go for homegrown woods nor melina. Not sustainable in the strictest sense, but in the larger spectrum of the word as it is used today.
I wish everyone a good time with the djembe and want to thank all those who shared here and made me learn heaps of stuff, think about things freshly I thought I knew everything about and helped me to develope ideas! I did have some incredible years. Thank you James, Michi, Bubudi and Rachel for making this possible!