Planned Obsolescence: Is it Ethical? No. Can We Still Have the Newest Gadgets? Yes!
June 30, 2010 4 Comments
Is Planned Obsolescence Ethical? Every business should know its position on this important question. Do you know yours?
Many companies have the technology to make products that last far longer, and choose not to use it. You know what comes next - the products wear out faster and we have to buy them more often. Is that a responsible way to achieve profitability? Here are some opinions on that question (all of which could be used for good leader discussions about how your company deals with the question).
A video overview: The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard
Is Planned Obsolescence Socially Responsible? by Sharon Beder in Engineers Australia
What is Planned Obsolescence? by Wisegeek.com
Creative Destruction and Destructive Creations: Environmental Ethics and Planned Obsolescence by Joseph Guiltinan, Journal of Business Ethics
There are environmentally friendly solutions that don’t require that we give up our love for gadgets. This article proposes one way to do it.
How Planned Obsolescence Can Be Good for the Planet by Collin Dunn
What are the Next Steps?
- Use these resources to get your business thinking about less wasteful ways to deliver products and services.
- Ask your customers what they think about the changes you come up with.
- Post a comment here about changes you are making to balance the “newest” gadgets with earth-friendly strategies for making and distributing them.
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