I think almost everyone knows about planned obsolescence, but you might be surprised about the extent that it’s used. For instance, there’s a lightbulb in the Livermore, California firehouse that’s burned continuously for over 100 years. As explained in the The Lightbulb Conspiracy documentary, a group of industry leaders conspired decades ago to reduce lightbulb life from 2,500 hours down to a more profitable 1,000 hours. Some call this progress??? The end result is massive waste of finite resources and huge waste disposal problems. So keep this in mind when selecting materials for your new home. Choose safe, locally available natural materials and recycled materials as much as possible, and buy quality tools that last.
From The Lightbulb Conspiracy documentary: Consumerism = 1. advertisement, 2. planned obsolescence, 3. credit. These 3 stages of modern business are worth noting regarding the promulgation of today’s world wide consumer system which is presently stripping the natural wealth of the planet for all inhabitants, including man.
From Wiki: “Planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence in industrial design is a policy of deliberately planning or designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete or nonfunctional after a certain period of time. Planned obsolescence has potential benefits for a producer because to obtain continuing use of the product the consumer is under pressure to purchase again, whether from the same manufacturer (a replacement part or a newer model), or from a competitor which might also rely on planned obsolescence. For an industry, planned obsolescence stimulates demand by encouraging purchasers to buy sooner if they still want a functioning product.”