I used to think that Planned Obsolescence was just an urban myth, but then I learned that it was an actual policy introduced after WW2 to boost the economy. Manufacturers were actively encouraged to design products that would not only break after a certain time, but would also be difficult to repair, to encourage us to keep buying new and fuelling the economy.
Back then, there might possibly have been an excuse for it, but there is no excuse for it now. And in fact, I would go as far as to say that we need governments to start actively legislating for the exact opposite now and to force manufacturers to start designing for repairability.
Sadly, I can’t see this happening anytime soon, but some individual companies are taking matters into their own hands, and are producing products that are not only ethically made, but are also made to be fixed – hurray!
The Fairphone is a shining example of this – have you guys heard of it? Do check it out.
Does anyone know of any other products specifically designed to be fixed?