Planned obsolescence

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Planned obsolescence is when businesses intentionally make products unusable in the long term.

Note: Not all obsolescence is planned. Code bloat causes all the same problems as planned obsolescence, even when not intentional.


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  • Exploitation of factory workers
  • E-waste - electronic waste that pollutes oceans and land
  • Climate change, as factories need more energy to produce more products
  • Other pollution, as factories disregard regulations in order to produce more

How to fight against planned obsolescence

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