Updated: Nov 9, 2021
What's better? A product that lasts a very long time and is not produced entirely sustainable? Or a product that has been produced entirely sustainable but has a relatively short lifespan?
Nowadays, more and more thought is given to the sustainability of products. This is not for nothing, climate change is the biggest challenge we face. But products don't get the label 'planet proof' easily.
It is very difficult to develop and make products completely sustainable. Often certain added substances are less good for the environment.
However, it can be ensured that these products have a long lifespan, in this way fewer products have to be made and it is, therefore, less bad for the environment. Products can also be recycled or upcycled, so those old products can be given a new life and reused in a new product.
More and more use is made of 'clothing containers'. Old garments that would normally be thrown away are placed in these containers, these garments are repaired and then reused.
When products are largely sustainable produced, but can no longer be recycled or upcycled at the end of their (relatively short) lifespan, they will ultimately be less good for the environment than products that are less sustainable produced but have a very long lifespan and can be recycled or upcycled.