I’ve already written about how waste has conquered the world through the rise of Convenience (read All hail the Goddess Disposability!), particularly in light of electronic rubbish. But there’s a myriad of other gratuitous waste surpluses floating around the world.
Cars are just one of these. Remember watching the cars on the road about 15 years ago? You could pick the ‘rich’ people in town because they were the ones driving the few new cars, still shiny with the novelty of recent purchase. Everyone else was still driving around in the first and only car they ever bought new, 5, 10 or even 15 years ago. If it still started and stayed in one piece, there wasn’t really a reason to buy a new one.
Now, cars are designed specifically (yes, it’s true, I’m not being a cynic) to last only a few years. You are encouraged to buy a new car every 5 years (and you thought the sudden rise of perfect competition in new car extended warranties was just your lucky day!). The concept of dud car makes has become pretty much obsolete because EVERY make is built to run like a dream for the first few years. Continue reading