Material Versus Product Lifecycles

Material Versus Product Lifecycles
Design
Joel Horowitz
  • 18 august 2008

Landfills are crowded with broken, failed products designed to either have a short shelf-life, or simply not well-designed at all. Unfortunately, the raw materials used to make these products typically aren’t as poorly made, usually having a much longer lifecycle than the product they help to make. One example is the $5 umbrella us New Yorkers are able to purchase from street vendors whenever it begins raining. Good for a few hours before the thing literally begins to fall apart, the nylon & metal umbrellas are cheaply made with nice materials, just not made well. They end up in more trash bins than apartments after the rain passes.

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