The Wrong Things Last Forever

We have a built-in obsolescence issue in our brave new world:  

Many global challenges point to this one thing.

 “Nothing lasts forever.”  A truism.

“The wrong things last forever.”  Truth.


Why do bumper stickers last longer than the politicians they help elect?

Computers seem to unexpectedly expire at a predetermined future date that often coincides with the next version.  Mobile phones seem to stop working when the new ones are released.  Cars seem to wear out when the warranty expires.  Hot dogs are sold in packs of twelve and buns are sold in packs of eight.  Waste fuels new sales when we buy more stuff from our favorite company.

Why does all of our food packaging last longer than the food it encapsulates?

Water bottles last for a zillion years, and if you cap them before tossing them in the trash, you’ve trapped the most precious life giving substance on earth in a polymer tomb, essentially forever.

In a more sustainable tomorrow, our bumper stickers could dissolve in four years (better for future sales if you want to keep promoting the same candidate and better for me, if I decide to buy your used car).

Imagine a computer without a seal that informs you the warranty is invalid, if you break the sticker.  Why not allow the consumer to replace a flash drive inside a computer?  If all of my software is tied to my “Apple ID” within the App Store, then there should be no compelling business reason why I couldn’t replace a few parts inside and upgrade my laptop forever.

DrDIY is a food-safety professional with an extensive sanitation background within the food & beverage manufacturing industry. He consults on food-safety - from hygienic-design to integrated pest-management through microbiology support, quality improvement audits, total-process management philosophy, CIP optimization, and lean-six-sigma project participation.

Overcoming an extended disability through a complete overhaul of diet and nutrition, DrDIY embraced traditional naturopathy and combined the wisdom of nature with the principles of modern sanitation to help build more sustainable systems within the food industry. He continues to study and practice holistic nutrition, food-safety, detoxification, and self-improvement and this site represents personal experience and opinion - and does not reflect the position of any employer past or present.

His posts have always been a 'stream of consciousness' montage with occasional ventures into Christology and pop culture, just to keep things interesting.

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