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Planned obsolescence

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Planned obsolescence is when goods are manufactured in such a way to wear out or break very easily so that they will have to be purchased repeatedly or serviced several times.


  • Buying more durable goods
  • Repairing broken items

One thing to bear in mind about full life cycle analyses is that older machines may work longer but may also be more inefficient. So they may save on materials and their manufacture, shipping, etc. but cost more in energy.

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