Hellmann, K. & M. LüdickeThe throwaway society: A look in the back mirror

Recommended reading

Kai-Uwe Hellmann & Marius Luedicke

Release date:
March 2018

Journal of Consumer Policy, Volume 41, Issue 1, pages 83–87

Whilst public criticisms of an increasingly wasteful consumer society emerged already in late nineteenth Century, the specific concept of a “Throwaway Society” was first used in the early 1960s. This short communication sketches the passionate debate around planned obsolescence and oversaturated consumers and offers a short historical glimpse at a persistent, existential problem that still awaits effective solutions.

Link to publication