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1 SLOWER CONSUMPTION REFLECTIONS ON PRODUCT LIFE SPANS AND THE “THROWAWAY SOCIETY” Dan Fancher presents Tim Cooper’s

2 TIM COOPER WEEE, WEEE, WEEE, WEEE, all the way home? An evaluation of proposed electrical and electronic waste legislation The durability of consumer durables Challenging the ‘refuse revolution’: war, waste and the rediscovery of recycling, 1900–50 Recycling Modernity: Waste and Environmental History Professor in the College of Art & Design and Built Environment, School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment: Sustainable Design and Consumption Economist with a Ph. D from Sheffield Hallam University Advisor to: the Research Council of Norway, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, the Belgium Federal Science Policy Office, the House of Commons Environment Committee

3 THE ISSUE Municipal waste in industrialized countries has been increasing at around the same rate as economic growth, around 40% over the past 30 years. The “Throwaway Society”

4 E-SCOPE SURVEY Do Products last long enough? 45% said no 50% said yes 5% expressed no opinion 10% believe that refrigerators and freezers, hi-fis and stereos, telephones, and home and garden tools should last at least 20 years. 1/3 products disposed of are actually broken and 1/3 of those could have been repaired. The study concluded that most people do not adopt a consistent approach toward product life spans

5 WHAT IS NEEDED “The assumption of nonsaturation which is at the core of economic theory must be challenged” This requires a shift from a linear economy to a circular economy so that inputs of virgin raw material and energy and outputs in the form of waste requiring disposal decline

6 REDEFINING PRODUCTS

7 LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT

8 PRODUCT LIFESPANS AND SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

9 SLOWING THINGS DOWN

10 CITATIONS Pictures &keywords=hp+printer Text Cooper, T. (2005). Slower Consumption Reflections on Product Life Spans and the “Throwaway Society.” Journal of Industrial Ecology, 9(1-2), 51–67. doi: /

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