The UK toy market is the largest in the world. As we approach Christmas, how can we reduce the number of electronic toys that end up as rubbish?
In part two of our two-part series, we join Steve the Spindoctor on another repair trip, and talk to Restarters in Camden about their repair experiences.
With Black Friday coming this week, we discuss whether more people buying more shiny new stuff is really an indication of a healthy economy, and what to make of conflicting “consumer confidence” headlines.
This narrative frame of “peak stuff” is particularly dangerous because it suggests we are overcoming global, future resource depletion like we *are doing* with ozone, or we think we already did with acid rain. It lulls us into a very false sense of complacency.
We talked about Japanese “decluttering” guru Marie Kondo’s best-selling book. While Kondo’s approach could provoke people to value and love the things the own more, it also could simply work in service of a throw-away economy.