Maven Moment: An Old VCR

Maven Moment: An Old VCR

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Mom beloved to look at cleaning soap operas within the afternoon. She labored from residence as a seamstress and would sew in entrance of the TV whereas her packages had been on. After my dad handed away, she supplemented her stitching earnings with work that typically required her to overlook her beloved soaps. Luckily, by then, video cassette recorders had been out there. My brother-in-law Alfred programmed a VCR to file Mom’s soaps and confirmed her the best way to rewind the tape and play them.

Years later, Alfred nonetheless has a giant assortment of VHS videotapes of his personal. But till not too long ago, he had no VCR to play them. Well, I used to be decided to seek out one for him. At first, I might solely discover refurbished VCRs that didn’t have a assure. With no storage gross sales and the native thrift retailer closed down because of the pandemic, my go-to sources for used objects weren’t out there. Then I bought an thought.

Last weekend was our native electronics recycling occasion. I went to the occasion and requested one of many staff who had been gathering electronics for recycling if that they had any VCRs. And they did! It was a clear Sony in good situation. When I advised the person I’d take it, he requested me what I’d do if it didn’t work. I mentioned I’d carry it again for recycling, in fact.

As it seems, the VCR works, so I don’t have to take it again. And Alfred is completely happy to have it; he has suitcases stuffed with videotapes that he’s certain to get pleasure from watching for a few years to return.

It’s so vital to recycle electronics once they’re at their finish of life. But it’s even more sustainable to reuse issues so long as they nonetheless work — identical to that outdated VCR.

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