Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Throw Away Culture

Video: Captain Charles Moore on plastics and sailing the great garbage island in the Pacific.
"The market can do a lot of things, but one thing it cannot do is fix the natural system in the ocean that we have broken. All the kings horses and all the kings men can't gather up all the plastic and put the ocean back together again."
He also touches on post-war planned obsolescence. One reason why we have too much retail and big box floating around, because it is cheaper and easier to toss shit and get another. I imagine the world of shrinking retail will include a rise in pawn shops, after market stores, and fix-it/refurbishment shops, i.e. the people that give things a longer lifespan.