Whilst doing the ironing at the weekend I caught what I thought was an interesting programme from BBC Two created in conjunction with The Open University. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zxm9b
In the first episode (only 3 days left to view), "Jacques uncovers the importance of product lifespan – revealing how some products are still made to break, how fashion and aspiration are used by companies like IKEA and Apple to keep us constantly ‘upgrading’ – and how even brand new goods get sent for recycling."http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01zxmrv/the-men-who-made-us-spend-episode-1
Some might find it interesting.