Planned obsolescence is when a product is deliberately designed to have a specific life span. This results in the overexploitation of natural resources, increased waste, with huge social impacts. It is very well known in industries such as consumer electronics, but it is now creeping into other sectors. This ground-breaking new book looks at the cost and consequences of planned obsolescence and its negative effects. It considers the sustainability, legal and economic theories behind it, how to mitigate these manufacturing strategies, and find new ways of working. Understanding Planned Obsolescence includes a wide range of case studies from Europe, the US and South America.
Section - ONE: Identifying the causes, consequences and history of planned obsolescence
Chapter - 01: Consumer society: a product of the growthist economy
Chapter - 02: Planned obsolescence as an instrument of the growthist economy and its socio-environmental consequences
Section - TWO: How to overcome planned obsolescence: from theory to practice
Chapter - 03: Sustainability in Economics and Law: the greening of sciences in the search for a new paradigm
Chapter - 04: The sustainability paradigm as the foundation to tackle planned obsolescence: new perspectives
Section - THREE: Final considerations
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Kamila Guimarães de Moraes is a lecturer and researcher of Environmental Law and Biolaw. She has had many book chapters, papers and articles published about Environmental Law, Sustainability, Planned Obsolescence and Waste Management, amongst others.