Choose durability

Associate with objects that are durable.

Compared to modern buildings Colchester Castle (aged approx 1000 years old) is a war horse built to last.

Compared to modern buildings Colchester Castle (aged approx 1000 years old) is a war horse built to last.

Aged four I was gifted a plastic box of stationary.  The stationary long gone, the lid too, the plastic box is one of the few items I still have and use from childhood.  The box survived the rough actions of a 4-year-old, and remains a useful item for storing little things like money and stamps, it is a product of durability.

Durability, as well as reliability and simplicity, is what wins my respect and loyalty.  Too often the modern consumer paradigm is about building into the design of objects obsolescence, they break after a short time to encourage the consumer to buy more of the same.  Whilst obsolescence is good for profit, it is bad for the planet, the debris poison to the environment as well as humanity.

Objects that have durability often look dull and ugly, they may be expensive, but they hide the blessing of being rightly called war horses.  Such objects won’t let you down, they keep going, they will stand up to hardship and punishment.

I write this blog post on a Fujitsu Siemens laptop.  Fujitsu won’t win awards for design or good looks, but this laptop, and other of their products are noted for their durability.  This war horse of a laptop has outlasted several laptop replacements, in other words the replacements died and this Fujitsu came back into service to replace them.

I was notorious for destroying mobile phones, dropping them, standing on them, destruction by water.  In despair I turned to a builders phone called a JCB Toughphone, this is Alex resistant, you could roll a tank over it and it is likely to survive.

For a durable vehicle my option for the future will be the purchase of a Toyota Hilux, these vehicles are legendary for durability and reliability.  The UK television series Top Gear tried to kill a Toyota Hilux by crashing it into trees and walls, dumping it into the sea for five hours, dropping a caravan on it, setting fire to it, hitting it with a demolition ball, and destroying a tower block with it located on the roof – it refused to die.  The story on YouTube is found here in part 1, part 2 and part 3.


11 responses to “Choose durability

  1. Durability is so very important to sustainability. I lament the way our technology is made… It breaks too frequently, is becoming more difficult to repair, and just doesn’t have the staying power as things use to… Coupled with society’s insatiable desire for the latest and greatest, and it’s very depressing.

  2. An indestructible car? It’s about time! I too try to buy for durability. I find myself looking backwards. Last night a neighbors son came down to visit, he’s a sweet kid at 12, he wanted to talk about how everything he plays with was made in China and began to ask me where the things in my home were made. There obviously are some I have no idea as being bought used have no identifying labels, but I was happy to be able to see that the things I use and love were made right here generations ago and still holding up nicely. While some have nicks and dings I still find them beautiful.

  3. I love stuff made to last a few lifetimes and Britain still has a few brands like Ettinger.

  4. Very true, a lot of things are build to be used only once, and if they are broken they cannot be fixed. Much better to ahve durable stuff, and pay a bit more for it. Good quality is worth its’ money. I have a 50 year old hole punch, made of metal, works perfectly still now even after lots of falling on the floor and that was quality. These day you have to look hard for items like that.

  5. So true. Every time something breaks easily or is meant to be disposable, all I can see in my mind’s eye is a heap of trash, an overflowing landfill, piles of garbage that will either never go away or at least still be around for most of my lifetime…

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