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From disposable to durable - Ending planned obsolescence

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From the disposable to the durable: To put an end to programmed obsolescence, by Laetitia Vasseur, Anne-Sophie Novel, and Samuel Sauvage

Alternatives Edition - 160 pages
Broken smartphone, broken washing machine, spun tights, unusable printer... what do all these consumer goods have in common? They are all victims of programmed obsolescence, the symbol of a disposable society, which harms the environment as much as it does consumers, while relying on a breathless economic model. Is the hasty death of our products really planned?
What are the impacts of the recognition in 2015 of the crime of programmed obsolescence?
All these questions are answered in this book, with an uncompromising analysis of the problem and a bold exploration of individual and collective solutions.
The first step is to define what programmed obsolescence is, to consider its consequences not only in economic and environmental terms, but also from a societal point of view. For the society of over-consumption leads to the loss of autonomy of citizens and the aggravation of social inequalities. Through illustrations and testimonials, the authors also take stock of so-called "sustainable" economic models, such as the collaborative, circular or use-based economy. They show that the means to combat this accelerated obsolescence exist and that, thanks to them, a new, more responsible and sustainable way of consuming and producing is under way.
Released January 26, 2017.
For the inauguration of the release of the book "From disposable to sustainable, ending programmed obsolescence", a presentation will take place on Thursday, February 2 from 7 pm at the Merle Moqueur bookstore (51, rue de Bagnolet, 75020), in partnership with theHOP association.
A glass of friendship and sustainability will be offered at the end.

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