Oh the disposables we add to our everyday lives! Disposable cups, disposable bags, disposable spoons and the so many other disposables that have become integral in our lives are accumulating quietly and hazardously in street corners, empty lands, inside and outside trash cans and our homes.
Even the most pri(c)(z)ed possessions we acquire – smart phones, laptops, televisions and accessories follow in the league of disposables, considering its extremely short lifespan (until a new model arrives). Owning a TV that is thirty years old and still in working mode could raise a lot of eyebrows and belittle you to antiquity.
So ‘the disposable culture’ is it a product of the market, or our busy and reckless lifestyle?
‘Planned obsolescence’, a concept of industrial design and economics vested in to effective use during The Great Depression, is the ideological basis of electronic gadget manufacturers. A product is inherently manufactured to last only a short spell so the industries keep its labourers in constant work and the consumers in continuous need of new devices, thus keeping the demand – supply chain in balance. The result has been a steady accumulation of non recyclable waste.
Amassing short term usable waste at ones’ fingertips is dictating the lives of human beings. Service centres offer much less options to reuse an existing product. The eventual fall out happens when a model becomes extinct after a couple of years and accessories in the market don’t fit the instrument, one is forced to invest on a new product.
We like change! We keep changing. But have we found methods to clear our new disposable accumulation?