Saturday, August 1, 2015
There was a time when "disposable" was considered cutting-edge innovation. I remember when, at the hospital, I was offered a sample supply of the new disposable diapers -- the first ones on the scene before they reached the market. They were pretty awful so I stuck with the diaper man who picked up and delivered the cloth ones twice a week.
I was reminded of "disposable" when I went to the grocery store today. No more plastic bags. You get one free shopping bag -- the next time you have to pay for one. "Re-use" and paper is the new innovation.
So is Uber and Airbnb. They are the two "sharing" services that take advantage of internet connections. Just as everyone can be a journalist on Facebook, etc., now everyone with a car or spare room can have a "job."
The diaper men were the ones who became disposable. Will pensions, safety regulations, and "expertise" be next?