Emotional Attachment: Developing Lasting Relationships with our Belongings

Chapman, Jonathan (2006) Emotional Attachment: Developing Lasting Relationships with our Belongings Waste Management World . 47-51. ISSN 14761394

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Abstract

The rampant consumption and waste of natural resources so prevalent in the developed world is a legacy of modern times, born largely from the inappropriate marriage of excessive material durability with fleeting product life spans. The UK alone condemns a massive 1.25 million tonnes of waste to landfill per year; waste consisting of fully-functioning toasters, refrigerators, mobile phones, vacuum cleaners and a whole host of other domestic must-haves; each year it is estimated that around 5 million TVs find their way into this underground club for discarded and unwanted products. Waste of this nature proliferates the developed world, and in many cases can be seen as nothing more than a symptom of a failed relationship between the subject and the object.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:WEEE Directive, product life extension, waste, sustainability, design
Subjects:W000 Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Architecture and Design
ID Code:6638
Deposited By:Dr Jonathan Chapman
Deposited On:20 Nov 2009
Last Modified:18 Jun 2010 12:40

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