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USE UP — The Manifesto on Consumption

USE UP —THE MANIFESTO ON CONSUMPTION is a suggestion for a more aware use of products.

The goal is a process of real wanting, acquiring and utilising. Through a deeper, personally motivated identification inside the process of consumption and use, products with more utility value, meaning and durability should emerge.


— Resources on Earth are limited

— Products need and bind resources

— Humanity is growing

— People consume — for survival, life and for many other reasons

— The more products we produce and the faster they are consumed, the more energy we need and the earlier our resources are coming to an end

— »Lack« could become reality more quickly than we are aware of


— Buy* only what you need

— Buy* only what you still want to own and use in two years

— Buy* only what you use or consciously perceive more than twice a year

— Buy* only what you would (let) produce yourself

— Buy* only what you appreciate

— Buy* only what has a direct benefit or (aesthetic) value for you

— Buy* only what you are convinced of

— Buy* only what you would share with conviction and your best recommendations to your friends

* (Acquire, give, wish, advertise)


— If you find that you have bought something “wrong”, change it immediately

— If you can no longer change it, give (sell/gift) it to someone who sees a true value in it

— If you bought something “wrong” that you can’t get rid of in this way, or it’s already in your possession, use it anyway. (Even if you will find it hard and don’t like it)

— Only by using “wrong” or “inappropriate” perceived products a learning process takes place

— The longer you use something “inappropriate”, the deeper is your understanding of its meaning and your requirements

— Consumables should be used up completely. (Even if the effect does not correspond to your conception)

— Only when you have developed an understanding for your demands, you can replace the “unsuitable” with something “suitable”

— Before you buy something new, use the old until it is broken

— If something is broken, repair it or have it repaired*

* If this is no longer possible, recycle or upcycling it.

This is not only a manifesto for the fans of #FridaysForFuture

01.2019 © daniel.scheidgen (revised 11.2020)
first published in German on dth — designtheorie.net

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