The bane of modern society.
Today’s consumerism and the throw-away attitudes are major causes of society’s ills.
We should be looking at redressing the imbalance caused by planned obsolescence.
We should be looking at repairing what we have rather than chucking it in the bin and buying new.
We should be looking at the world of fashion that makes last year’s designs, too ‘last-year’ and the mania to buy new.
We should be supporting the local cobbler, learning how to use a sewing machine, looking for ways to economise instead of spend, spend, spend.
People are complaining they don’t have enough money to live on, but they make no effort to save money.
All these are simple solutions.
But, oh no! Throw it away, it’s buggered, buy a new one.
Repair your shoes R$15 – Buy new shoes R$80
Fix your zipper (new) R$15 – Buy new jeans R$60-100
Sew on a button 30 cents & 10 minutes – Buy new shirt $20-50
Wear last year’s outfits R$0 – Buy this year’s R$100-500+
Unless we start and do things the way grandma did, we’ll never have enough money; and we’ll always be complaining about it.
What’s more, we need to shun the advertisers, we need to turn our backs on famous brands.
What’s more important, we need to teach our kids to do it.
We need to refuse the idea, it can’t be fixed.