While browsing the local big-box retailer, you chance upon an amazing deal for a toaster oven – with more features and better looks than your 15-year old model that stopped working last week. So you take the deal and bring it home. After few months of toasty bliss, there’s a sudden pop, and with a whiff of smoke that new toaster is dead. You chuck it in the garbage and return to the store to buy a new one. Admittedly, you didn’t expect the toaster to last that long anyway – it’s just the latest in a string of purchases that has done this.
Welcome to the Age of the Disposable.