Thursday, May 6, 2010
Ethics & Planned Obsolescence
In this article, the author explains that Planned Obsolescence may make sense from a business perspective, but rarely is it the right thing to do, from an ethical perspective. The article astutely points out that protecting the environment has become a goal for so many companies and countries, and yet they all produce goods that break or fail within 3 years of construction.
This line of thinking produces numerous questions. First, is it right to sell customers inferior products? Second, what is it doing to the environment? Third, is it safe for the consumer?