What problems does planned obsolescence cause?
Living in an industrialized country means that you dont have to do a lot with your own produced waste. We feel good because we separate our waste “comme il faut” , bring our old clothes to the used clothes collection and our E-Waste? Bring it to a special recyclable fraction dump ( unfortunately most people throw their old mobile phones in the normal dump anyways) say “hasta la vista”and bye bye and get into a line in front of the next apple store to wait for the new iphone5.
Africa- the new worlds dump?
Looking at all these pictures from Ghana it seems to be the dirty truth.
But what do laws and governments do against this?
According to the laws manifested on the Basel Convention in 1989 it is forbidden to export hazardous waste from the euro zone without permission. So how does the waste go to Ghana if its illegal? The waste traders mark the electronic waste as 2nd hand products. Ghana has not yet published a law which forbids the import of such waste. As stated by environmental journalist Mike Anane and head of the Environmental Protection Agency Ghana Lambert Faabeluon
80% of the waste sent to Ghana is irreparable
What can be done against this?
As a normal consumer it is hard to change something or get involved directly. Politicians of all relevant counties must work together, change laws and make people obey them. What we as future business men have to do is concentrate on sustainable production. The big amount of waste will be a future issue and we have to fight against this. The idea of planned obsolescence is old fashioned and arose from a time in which sustainability was a foreign word.
Business models like the ones of Warner Philips are the ones we should get inspired from.
Future Business men must not only think in profits, but in how to make profits respecting natural limits and resources.
For those of you who want more information, check what Greenpeace wrote on this topic!