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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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.
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