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planned Obsolescence


Products with planned shortened lifetime expectancy, technically called planned obsolescence, should clearly be criticised more harshly for ecological reasons than now is the case. To manufacture products without planned obsolescence is a critical ecological challenge. This challenge exceeds debated modern circular economy.

Who benefits when solar energy, resource efficiency and climat neutral manufacture products are created that brake down, a few months after the guarantee period that is determined by law, and have to be discarded? Not our environment for sure. The danger of loosing track in our information jungle on the relevant product qualities is real

This is used by some agents by putting just one ecofriendly product or material to the fore. In dividing facts into ecological parts the danger is to loose sight on the total of aspects of a product, replaced by an arbitrarily or calculatedly picked individual assessment. A quote by Aristotle hits the mark that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.

Our product philosophy is the precise opposite of a planned lifetime shortening. Because this is a system with a consequent and planned simplicity it represents an almost infinite lifetime renewal of each of the product’s parts. The user becomes the keeper. That is the ecological essence of the FÜNFGELD furniture system.