Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Thick Plastic

Lately the venerable plastic chair mat that we use under the computer desk chair at home has been starting to show its age (about 6 years).

A year or so ago the first crack showed up, and since then they have steadily been getting worse. Lately its been debatable whether the mat was even providing any benefit, because it certainly was an annoyance whenever the chair would get caught in the cracked areas. So last week we got a new one, which isn't quite as nice as the old one, but will likely do the trick.

The problem now is what to do with the old mat. I feel guilty throwing it away because I'm sure it is made of extra-super-non-biodegradable-plastic, and will likely be clogging up a landfill for the next 600 years. But at the same time, the mat is too broken up (especially after I broke off a few of the bigger pieces) to be of any use as a chair mat. Plus even if I wanted to throw the stupid thing away, it is too tall to fit in our garbage can easily and I don't have much interest in trying to rip it fully in half.

So instead the mat sits on the floor of the office, for no particular purpose other then allowing me to avoid deciding what to do with it.

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