Product lifespan complexity (longer-lasting products)
Product lifespan complexity is a term used to describe the abstract negative and positive sides of a product. When the product becomes obsolete, consider if the product deserved called a success. In most cases companies careless view and ethical approaches to such considerations in the first place, it might as well be a simple solution and response to the demand that all products last longer, perhaps indefinitely, much like traditional hand tools and utensils. After all, the world of antiques derives considerable wealth from well-made products that have usually outlived their original functional utility. Although much antique furniture, for example, retains its functional usefulness, many other antiques have long since become functionally obsolete, with their value no longer based on utility but their craft, historical association, aesthetics, and nostalgia. Many landfill sites today contain large quantities of ‘antique’ personal computer equipment that has outlived its technological utility, wasting the embedded value in the materials and the energy needed to create them in the first place, and negatively impacting the waste stream.
Life-span complexity includes asking questions if a product should have a long or short lifespan
The life-span of every product is complex and dependent on a wide range of social, technological, economic and environmental variables. Increased product lifespans may well seem justifiable but, in some cases, a better defined, shorter lifespan might be more appropriate. For example, a product within fast-changing fashion order developing technology may, through its design and styling, be perceived by the consumer to promise a long and useful lifespan. However, its early obsolescence will commonly cause considerable dissatisfaction. In effect, such a product is masquerading as a long life-span product, giving false expectations to the consumer, and could describe as a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing. Therefore, within fast-changing fashion, it should be labelled that this is a fast-fashion product, not made to last long. However, the label should indicate ways to prolong its lifecycle. Having various options such as a delivery back discount, return to store. Sewing how to transform the garment.
Manufactured in a cost-competitive environment
It is a long way to go from producing mass products that end on sale or wastes in landfills, charity shops and second-hand markets in Africa with more junk than actual clothes than innovate new solutions.