Stuff, stuff stuff. I feel like the ability to consume has become the definition of success in the Global North. I feel burdened by the expectation of getting new stuff to the point I am suffocated by the amount of stuff I have. This is not the future I would like to live in. I envision a future where our identity is not tied to the stuff we owned, but rather what we contribute to society and the Earth. Learning about the huge impact of everything I ever consume, I would like to keep using what I have until I absolutely have to replace it. Both because I'm an environmental conscience, and because I'm a "broke university student". For this to happen, THE STUFF HAS TO NOT BREAK CONSTANTLY. Having stuff that doesn't break is not only better for the planet but also better for the wallet.
The problem with consumption cannot solely be blamed on the individuals. It is a system problem!!! We need to 1) Make stuff actually last. and 2) Untie the relationship between consumption and our values
Ultimately, stuff is just stuff. It should not determine your worth and the planet's future.