Most objects in today’s world are not designed to go through a full cycle.
From a production standpoint, it goes from raw material, to raw material processing, to production of goods, to distribution, to us — the users, the people.
But it doesn’t end there of course,
From the users we have the point of purchase, the in-between time to transport the object to where it needs to be, and finally, the usage.
Usage is where most things are designed to fail.
Meaning, most things being made are not designed to last the test of a single human lifetime.
The largest culprit being disposable items or items designed to be only used once; soda cans, candy wrappers, tissues, lighters, packaging, paper cups, plastic straws, that 5 dollar tee.
Of course, the list goes onwards.
We dispose items that are no longer of use to us because we don’t like to keep garbage around. Obviously, that makes sense. Otherwise we would be constantly walking over our trash at waist-high levels in our own homes.
Most things we use are designed to fail.
But actually, when a lot of the things we own are made of plastic materials, things are designed to last. In fact they are designed to last over numerous human lifetimes.
It’s incredible that we have such materials that are able to stand the test of time, however little thought is given towards the intended usage of the object.
Moral of this story? Design things to match how they are intended to be used.