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Planned Obsolescence

My Dishwasher Is What's Wrong With Capitalism

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.13.2016 | Business
Peter Dreier

Today's appliances -- like many consumer products -- are built to break. It is not a matter of consumers mistreating their products. It is designed to maximize corporate profits. This is a concept called "planned obsolescence."

In Praise of Old Restaurant Ware

Linda Buzzell | Posted 05.27.2014 | HuffPost Home
Linda Buzzell

Years ago, Americans used to know how to make things that would last. We seem to have forgotten that skill and for decades now have adopted the practice of just buying something new from halfway around the planet and throwing the old into the landfill.

Not Your Mother's Electrolux

Russell Mokhiber | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Russell Mokhiber

In the 1960s, Electrolux began selling its vacuum cleaners in the UK under the slogan, 'Nothing Sucks.. Like an Electrolux.' At the time, the slogan was considered inappropriate for the American market. Time to reconsider?

The Gift of a Sustainable Economy

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

The holidays, once considered a sacred time for family and celebration, have been hijacked by big companies sending out a message to the American people, playing on an endless loop: "Buy, buy, buy!"

The Story of Electronics: Make 'Em Safe, Make 'Em Last, Take 'Em Back

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Annie Leonard

Why should taxpayers pay to safely recycle every toxic, poorly designed, short-lived piece of electronic gadgetry that comes through the system? It's time we hold manufacturers responsible for their product design decisions.

When Hackers Took My Video Viral

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

On tiny homes, happiness, Freud's nephew, the 'Story of Stuff,' and why massive change will only come about when people realize their lives are better for making a change.