Monday, April 25, 2011
This Company Does It Right
I think rather than pull at people's heartstrings by attempting to drum up worry over the plight of frogs, trees, or some obscure moss only found in a 3 acre parcel destined to become a shopping mall, we should focus our narrow minded population on what environment we are really talking about. We should be making the point clear that if we continue to mine the planet of all the non renewable resources at the pace we are, soon "our environment" will be in sadder shape, maybe even unlivable shape. Never mind the frogs or the snail darters. Their demise or mutation is but a warning of what might be in the future for us.
One small company in Portland, Oregon has been actively trying to lessen their impact on our environment since they began back in 1976 while making the best products of their kind and being financially solvent and prosperous at the same time. Chris King Precision Components makes high end bike parts. Their products outlast anyone else's and are beautifully executed. If you have any Chris King component on your bike, you make sure all your gnarly dude buds know about it if they don't notice when you first pull your ride off the roof rack.
lessen the impact of their machining on the local, national, world wide natural order of things. Products that outlast their competitors is a great start. They also take the time, effort, and investment to recycle and re-use thousands of gallons per year of cutting oil they need to machine their parts. By squeezing out the cutting oil from the aluminum scrap before the recycler picks it up, they end up with a higher value scrap and get more money per pound for it. Their work place is legend in the bike industry. People love to work there. The company is actively involved in local and national programs that focus on responsible stewardship of the planet. And they make money to boot.
Yes, their parts are expensive. But I believe their example is one the rest of the manufacturing world should try to emulate. Of course, we have to wean ourselves off the Walmartian mentality of "cheaper is better" and the notion that consuming for consuming's sake is a good thing. It will happen because at some point, even the cheap crap will eventually be too expensive to buy.
Images all poached from Chris King Site