Monday, 20 July 2009

Why do we have so much stuff?

Now my children are in bed I can write a little more (horrayy!), but M (age 8) has said not to write anything about him as he doesn't want anyone to know about his routine! C (age 7) just rolled her eyes and said "not your blog again!". Its only been 4 hours since I've had it.

Anyway, back to my subject...I saw a great website at the weekend called which follows the story of stuff from natural resources through manufacturing to consuming to recycling. Basically it explains how the current paradigm is that more stuff is better, and that infinite economic growth is desirable and possible.

It also talked about planned obsolescence and perceived obsolescence, planned being whereby manufacturers deliberately make goods that have a limited shelf life ie. designed to break after so many years, so we have to go and buy replacements and perceived being things going in and out of fashion so more and more stuff is bought then ditched.

We work, earn money, watch tv and adverts, spend to make ourselves feel better, work harder to earn more money, too tired to do anything other than watch tv and adverts, spend even more to make ourselves feel better and so on, a veritable treadmill of life.

It is a very thought-provoking piece of film (about 20 mins long), and well worth viewing.

The oft quoted slogan "buy green, fair, local, used and LESS" its the less part that speaks volumes to me...

No comments:

Post a Comment