A seller ad quite self-explanatory:
To durability (prior to programmed obsolescence) and dump-deflation advantages, I would add that these items are:
- Economical, as any second-hand product costs less;
- Autonomy-oriented, since many are powered by human force (when we still had the pleasure of using our physical force) and, so, they reduce the energetic dependence bill.
In my opinion, to become a zero-garbage person would be the summit of our mode of co-existence among other animical species. Less dead things dependent on us, accumulating everywhere, but living fluxes which take care of themselves and free us of obnoxious paternalism.
If you don’t want something anymore, don’t waste it, give it to someone in need, especially, someone who can repair and use it again.
Garbage management shouldn’t exist, but rather product management. No garbage at all. Refurbished or recycled products should be the rule, not the exception. If a durable object can’t be refurbished or recycled or these services are not provided by the manufacturing company, it shouldn’t be produced at all. Consumers should be rewarded for collecting waste products and turning them back to the refurbishing/recycling system.
The cult of the “new” is dubious, because what is newer – a brand-new car which had been produced according to the standards or an exclusive furniture piece which had been repaired and redecorated in a very fashionable way?