Why cheap doesn’t always equal good

Inexpensive clothing allows us to buy more and motivates us to buy what we don’t necessarily need.

When I was a little kid in 1950, clothes weren’t so cheap, and I remember we only had three or four dresses and that was plenty for a middle-class girl,” Ms. Quan said. “Now I have three closets full, and it’s not enough.” Katie Quan, associate chair of the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education.

Ever heard people say ‘it was so cheap I bought one in every colour’? That doesn’t benefit the people being paid poorly for their labour, or the landfill crammed with cheap, poor quality no longer unwanted stuff.

We’re re-imagining a world where we buy better made stuff, built to last.




Planned Obsolescence – Built to Break

Some peeps build our stuff to break.

Requiring us to buy it from them again and again.

We understand, if it breaks, we have to keep buying it, but it’s not a sustainable long-term strategy when we have finite resources and bulging landfill and heaving pollution in places like China where loads of our ‘stuff’ is made.

This doco goes for an hour. http://documentaryheaven.com/the-lightbulb-conspiracy/ 

It’s an eye opener.