Planlagt forældelse

Ida Andersen, Ditte Eggen, Astrid Martin & Mikala Nowicki

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt

Abstrakt

The following paper deals with the phenomenon of ”planned obsolescence” and particularly the appertaining paradox concerning the desire to create economic growth as opposed to the sustaining of a healthy and sound environment. With a sustained environment as a point of departure, the emphasis of this paper will in particular be focused on the resource –and waste disposal problems derived from the effects of planned obsolescence. We will furthermore seek to investigate and clarify whether the approach known as the “Cradle to Cradle Strategy” can assist and help overcome the profound set of problems associated with planned obsolescence. Seeing that the paradox is derived as a consequence of the various players’ involvement and aspirations, the paper will additionally be focused on mapping and defining whom they are, and to what degree they can be considered as benefiters of the earlier mentioned strategy of sustainability – Cradle to Cradle. Throughout the analysis, emphasis has been put on the problems as stated above. The methodology known as the product life cycle assessment has additionally been set forth. In doing so, we seek to define whether the fundamentals of the Cradle to Cradle strategy can be applied within product development of a given product. With a point of departure in the three basic principles of the Cradle to Cradle strategy i.e. “waste equals food”, “the use of inbound energy” and “cherishing diversity”, we have concluded how the Cradle to Cradle strategy can assist, and help the resource –and waste disposal problems derived from the effects of planned obsolescence. We can conclude that the combination of these, can result in dissolving the resource –and waste disposal problems and furthermore take the wherefrom derived paradox into consideration.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk-Teknologisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
SprogDansk
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2012
VejledereBente Kjærgård

Emneord

  • Environmental problems
  • Planned Obsolescence