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Designed to Fail?

The computer I am using to type this story is about seven years old now and has begun to make those deathly “crunching” sounds, as I like to call them, that signal its potential for a sudden demise. What this means is that soon, whether I want to or not, I’ll be buying a new (or at least, new to me) computer.

For many, the concept of buying a new computer is nothing big, but perhaps we should not take the purchases we make so lightly.

Most corporations are more than happy to encourage us to grab the shiniest, newest computer they are producing off the shelf as soon as it arrives. But for every perfectly packaged item you see sitting on the shelf, from computers to chocolate bars, there is a story.

It is The Story of Stuff and Annie Leonard summarizes, in the video featured in this post, why we ought to think more about the people, animals and resources that are affected by the purchases we choose to make.

The Story of Stuff Project exposes the cycle of consumerism that currently operates in our country. This is a system that is pumping out products designed to fail or make us feel inferior, in order to perpetuate itself.

It’s time to start breaking this cycle by REDUCING before reusing and re-purposing before recycling!

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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12:14AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

thanks for sharing

2:25AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

Thank you :)

4:09AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

2:45AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

interesting, thanks for sharing

2:26PM PST on Jan 27, 2013


6:52PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thanks Alisa

3:03AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

It depends on how we take things

2:21AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

i hate designed in failure, computer manufacturers and microsoft do it all the time.....thanks for the article!

11:41AM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

In the 1970's those who understood the conversion to consumer as significant economic driver meant planned obsolescence for most products vs. the historical 'made to last' approach.

4:27PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

I really hate all the new phones that come out and are obsolete or surpassed in a year or two. Hardly any people will recycle the batteries, so all those conflict minerals will still need to be mined by child laborers and primates will get poached since the mine in is the middle of the endangered animals' forest....

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