What’s Greener? A vintage (re-used) pickup or a new fuel efficient pickup? [Resource, Green Truck Rental, Craigslist, Tarzhay]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 30, 2008
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vintage eco truck

I’ve finally given away my old Saab

, which I didn’t drive for so long (I live downtown so I can bike everywhere, everyday) that its battery died. I got sick of paying the insurance, so I gave it to a friend who needed it (selling it on craigslist would have taken time, and I’ve got to sell ads to stay alive and pay back my staff and go to press in two weeks on the next issssh of elephant journal). 

But every day I see folks tossing out old fence, or big beautiful cut-down old trees, or furniture they bought only a six months ago at Tarzhay…and I think, jeez, I could make stuff outta that. A bike shelter. A fence for my poochy, Redford. A coffee table. So I think to my self, self, I oughta get a pickup so I can, well, pick up all that old stuff. What I don’t need I can give to others, or drop at my local ReSource (amazing place that’s literally saving scraped houses and all their innards from landfill and offering them cheapo to folks who want a cool vintage sink or marble for bathroom or lumber for new deck or windows or tile or…). But I don’t want to become part of the supply and demand vicious cycle by buying a new truck. So I look to buy an old truck off craigslist, which is cooler and cheaper (only $2,500, about), anyways. But then I think new trucks might be cleaner, have better mileage, safer AC (AC in old vehicles is bad, so hopefully I can find a truck without it). 

xebra truck eco green hybrid

Old truck or new truck? Or no truck at all? Maybe I oughta join Boulder Carshare, they got a little truck. Or I could just rent a (green!) truck once every while, whenever I needed it, probably the cheapest option of all. And then the rest of the time it’s just me and my Electra Amsterdam, which is all I need 99% of the time, anyways.

Check out the Xebra, which my contractor neighbor bought for his crew:



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “What’s Greener? A vintage (re-used) pickup or a new fuel efficient pickup? [Resource, Green Truck Rental, Craigslist, Tarzhay]”

  1. admin says:

    via Carl Castro:

    “On a recent KQED Forum episode, a green auto expert recounted the results of a fuel-efficiency contest in Europe, which involved a drive from I believe Calais to Rome (or somewhere). The winner was not a Prius or any other hybrid, but (hooray!) a BMW 5-Series diesel! The reason: European car manufacturers have had to worry for much longer about fuel efficiency due to higher gas prices. The background of my glee at hearing this is my ever-growing sense that battery-fixated Prius drivers rivited to their fuel-consumption displays are the major obstacle to safe and efficient motoring in the City. Also, a caller on this program pointed out that it has much less a carbon footprint to buy an old Volvo than to have your new Prius manufactured and shipped to you.”