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  • Forever brands say no to obsolescence
  • Forever brands say no to obsolescence
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Forever brands say no to obsolescence

Technology brands like Apple have become so desirable that we’ve almost forgotten they sell products built to break, thereby keeping people shopping. But the backlash against planned obsolescence is swelling, and a new generation of design brands are creating pieces made to last.



  • Article image Everlane: ‘Radical Transparency’ for savvy millennials

    Beautiful craftsmanship and fine fabrics aren't cheap, especially given the 800% markup between factory and shop floor. But now that US start-up Everlane is cutting the middle man to make ethical premium clothing affordable, its ‘radical transparency’ could really shake things up.

  • Young people can no longer fix gadgets Young people can no longer fix gadgets

    This is an age of disposable technology. Smartphones and tablets are discarded each time a mobile operator offers a free upgrade. Tech companies' rate of device replacement means young people can no longer fix gadgets. Will new initiatives help to change throw-away culture?

  • Article image The Restart Project: fixing our relationship with electronics

    Electrical goods are the fastest increasing waste stream in the UK, growing by 5% annually. Registered charity The Restart Project challenges our disposable conditioning, and as repair culture spreads, how realistic is it to invest in a mend rather than replace attitude?

  • Article image Is treasuring the new materialism?

    ‘Til death us do part’ is usually reserved for weddings. But as sustainability becomes a bigger concern, it could be applied to our prized possessions, from cashmere jumpers to iPhones. But how achievable is this in a world where acquiring and upgrading are the status quo?