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Resistance to Regulation: Failing Sustainability in Product Lifecycles

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Department of Private Law, University of Oslo and Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, 0650 Oslo, Norway
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Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, 0316 Oslo, Norway
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Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6526; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226526
Received: 3 October 2019 / Revised: 12 November 2019 / Accepted: 18 November 2019 / Published: 19 November 2019
International policy and law have long sought to ensure that states regulate the negative impacts of production processes on people and the planet. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 targets sustainable production and consumption; international conventions, such as the Basel Convention, or the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the International Labour Organisation Conventions, all seek to regulate toxic or labour-related impacts associated with industrial production. However, there is ample evidence that such impacts continue. At a time of increasing pressure to develop sustainable systems of production and consumption, we asked whether the existing legal frameworks are appropriate to the task of regulating for sustainability in consumer products. Drawing on research conducted into sustainability in the mobile phone lifecycle, this paper examines the regulatory ecology of hotspots of unsustainability in the product lifecycle of electronics. This paper finds that the interaction of regulatory disjunctures, business models, design of technology, and marginalisation combine to ensure that our systems of production and consumption are predisposed to resist regulation aimed at sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: regulation; product lifecycle; electronics; toxicity; labour regulation; product lifecycle; electronics; toxicity; labour
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Taylor, M.B.; van der Velden, M. Resistance to Regulation: Failing Sustainability in Product Lifecycles. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6526.

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