All tagged Environment

Planned Obsolescence

Planned obsolescence, the process of intentionally designing things to fall out of fashion, function or repair makes a fundamental assumption of infinite resources that can be converted to things. But ecosystems are not infinite. So the onus is on all of us to make better choices. Those of us who make things and those of us who buy them.

A Lawn Story

The humble personal lawn, one per household, seem to be an intrinsic part of life, mainly because we don’t remember the choices and incentives that went in to making them that way. Strangely, our individual and personal lawns may be a powerful force of environmental destruction. We are caught in the grip of an irrational set of historical design choices.

The Revenge of the Small

There are many social and environmental challenges we face that are realtively easy to visualise. Things like crowding, poverty and drought. Strangely, it’s the small things that are often the biggest problem. Especially when there is a lot of them. 

Nespresso: Innovation or Disaster?

The Nespresso capsule based business model is held up as an innovation and value to users. Digging deeper shows this to be a dangerous illusion. There are hidden costs to business models that consume the environment. We can change that though, by how we work in organisations, give them feedback and what products and services we choose to buy.