I saw a video recently of one of our competitors. It killed me so much that I had to write a blog about it and ask for explanation of logic and empathy. Before I start, I understand that it may cause accelerated discussions but please keep in mind the intended context of this discussion. The context is to create thought and to question.
The video in context was on a competitors’ youtube feed. The question: Part A Why would a company suggest that its customers and constituents use a product that has warnings in their MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheet) about using it for their intended purpose? Part B Why would they suggest using the same product type that is a severe danger to the environment in which we play? Part C Why has no one challenged them on these grounds: till now.
The product in question is a petroleum-based lubricant. The case was to spray it in the engine compartment before going out on the water. Does the company not realize that petroleum catches fire and can explode in an enclosed environment? Did they not realize that their customer is standing on top of the engine compartment and in water where this could occur? Did they suppose for a moment that petroleum spreads over water? Did they suppose that a petroleum patch is in any way good for the environment in which we play?
To force ill to the sick when the rider came in, from his ride, he put the board on a stand and drained the water from the compartment onto the sand just feet away from the water; without any doubt, putting petroleum into the ocean.
The other question I have is what does this company stand for? Protection, appreciation, aspiration of their customer? One may say “no”: that may appear obvious to some. Protection of the waters in which we all play? Again, one may have the same answer. Are they so short sighted that if they become a world leader as we all strive to be, there will be no market as – may I will let you draw that line to the answer?
For the sake of hope that our esteemed competitor retracts I found a product that is a better substitute in all ways than the product they endorsed. It is fully biodegradable, and the company claims that it has a 0 impact on the environment. Our suggestion is TRC Biodegradable Extreme Hydraulic Oil. Please be clear we do not endorse the product and we are in no way related to the company (http://www.texasrefinery.ca). We are only, specifically, suggesting……
I think it best I sign off till the next blog…thank you for reading and look forward to your comments!