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  • More and more people are taking part in ‘maker culture’
  • More and more people are taking part in ‘maker culture’
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Is treasuring the new materialism?

‘Til death us do part’ is usually reserved for weddings. But as sustainability becomes a bigger concern, it could be applied to our prized possessions, from cashmere jumpers to iPhones. But how achievable is this in a world where acquiring and upgrading are the status quo?

Location Global / Northern Europe / North America

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Britain sends two thirds of its textile waste to a landfill, while in the US, the average American throws out nearly 70lbs of clothes per year. [1][2] With nearly half of us choosing to bin perfectly reusable items in favour of cheap replacements, it’s little wonder that disposable products, from clothes to electronics, are thriving. [2] But in a culture of transitory ownership, a movement is emerging whereby value is put before binning something as soon as it loses functionality. Should we be treasuring our items more? And how easy ...

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