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by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Is using NetFlix more eco-friendly than renting videos at a store?

I’ve been wanting to take on this question for awhile, but since I love my local video store, maybe I’ve been putting it off because I don’t really want to know the answer – ? Fortunately, or not, The Good Human tells it like it is – even shopping local for your weekly (or more) habit of video viewing is less green than the Netflix mail membership program.

But, wait a media minute, what if I ride my bicycle to my locally-owned video store rather than drive my car?

Well, that helps, but not enough. Video stores have lots of lights, a/c and heating units, and usually a television that is on 12+ hours/day. Like most businesses, many lights are kept on even after hours to deter break-ins, making this high energy use a 24-hour affair.

I”m not giving up yet. I know the employees at my my beloved VisArt store. I’ll just ask them to switch to compact flourescents and recycle those thousands of paper receipts generated each day. I enjoy stopping by and browsing the “employee picks” section on Friday evenings and I’d like to see these people keep their jobs.

So, there it is. NetFlix is more green, but local is my choice in this case – for now. What’s yours?

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2 Responses to “”

  1. phyllisdiehl Says:

    hi, trace, i am on the side of the video store, i know my mind set is different from yours. but, i am always on the side of “humans” and i too, would love if the store stayed in business.

    i like you love to roam the aisles, its like a library…….so, i will be a video store, and keep the manager “matthew” in business. he always recommends to me…and i value him and his opinion. sometimes things aren’t always even, are they? thanks for your article

  2. tao Says:

    Thanks for your thoughts, Phyllis. I’m glad to hear that there is more agreement out there about supporting local businesses for their sake and ours! You’re right – when you are preparing for a relaxing weekend night with a movie, it adds to the experience to be able to talk to some true movie enthusiasts and “experts”. Glad to hear you’ve got a good one, too.

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