I like to mine. I mean, bike.

Via elephant journal
on Oct 3, 2009
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Bicycles are Green (as in, Made out of Mother Nature).

Just because I don’t do something doesn’t mean I’m not responsible for it. That’s Capitalism (and samsara) 1-oh-1: demand begets supply, and round and round the cycle goes.

Via Rhiannon Coppin’s blog:

biking mining

The poster lists the mining products present in the photo:

HELMET: calcium carbonate, talc, clays, sulphur, mica
SUN PROTECTION: zinc oxide
ZIPPER: chrome-plated zinc
GEARS AND SEAT POST: steel, aluminum
CABLING: steel
FRAME: steel, aluminum, chromoly steel, titanium and/or carbon fibre
HANDLEBAR: aluminum, titanium
BRAKES: aluminum, steel, magnesium
TIRES: sulphur, bromine, iodine
SPOKES: stainless steel or titanium
PAVEMENT: cement, sand and gravel

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4 Responses to “I like to mine. I mean, bike.”

  1. Finally, an environmental reason not to wear a helmet or sunscreen … but, then again, sunscreen has already been debunked. I'll keep the rest considering that I haven't needed to replace anything other than tubes in years.

    Yay for mining bringing me such reliable and inexpensive transport!

  2. Well, gee, I guess this is provocative.

    But it seems to me the issue is RELATIVE environmental damage, not, "Can we ever return to a life without metal?".

    Bob Weisenberg

  3. Michael Levin says:

    Perspective. It's a good thing to bring things into perspective. Moderation. Mining brings us good things like bikes. Strip mining ruins the land. Yes, it's provocative. We like catalysts for thought like this!

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