Video clip on ‘intrinsic obsolescence’. See also Pyramids of Waste (Cosima Dannoritzer) on ‘planned obsolescence’.
Common arguments against the idea of intrinsic obsolescence:
- You won’t build a table using the best materials (just strong enough, with best materials you can afford, with the time you have).
- Consumers decide how long they want things to last, some consumers decide they want to buy a cheap watch that won’t last as long.
- Cost efficiency mechanism is ignored. Regardless of your intent, you can’t produce the best quality from an environmental perspective in the market system.
- For some products (disposable bags and cups) the inferior quality is clear, this is what you buy. Is there a strategic need for a cheap watch? What about the resources and waste?