In many places in Salta, families are still using the same fridge they bought sixty years ago, perhaps after having changed a few spare parts or having done a few repairs here and there. Were those products actually made to last longer than products we buy today? Like iPhone models, which are supposed to be replaced by new ones, fancier and “better looking” every one or two years.
Many regions in the world are being filled with junk, discarded articles or vehicles that are considered useless, without any value. There is actually one such massive landfill site near Salta, which local communities (and anyone with a bit of commons sense for that matter) find really disturbing. We have not found yet a way to dematerialize plastic and metal and, of course, these materials are not possible to be reutilized. Once produced, plastic products are not biodegradable and can wind up in massive garbage dumps and polluting the soil, the ocean and waterways. This often has very adverse effects on wildlife.
Luckily, sources of renewable energy are being developed in countries and regions all over the world, not only in Salta, Argentina and Bolivia but also in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is the Latin American country with the best ecological consciousness. Costa Rica is a country well known for its white, sandy beaches and leafy forests, but not as recognized for implementing green energy.
Costa Rica is one of the most important nations to have contributed to creating a new paradigm on the use of natural resources and renewable energy. They are doing a great effort in order to reduce greenhouse gases emissions and the impact on the environment in general. As a matter of fact, according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, this country boasts of having reached their 5th month of covering the total demand of power supply with only renewable energy.