In the last few years a discourse centring on “planned obsolescence” has been pushed strongly in the media, and in the meantime is well-anchored in the consumers’ minds. Questionnaires in various countries show that the majority of consumers believe that “planned obsolescence” is a widespread phenomenon. Critics see it as one of the main factors driving efforts to maintain economic growth, and as a fundamental cause of the growing heaps of rubbish.

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