Is Nostalgia Destroying the Environment?

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From reboots of iconic television shows and movie franchises to anniversary tours for classic albums, the past is very much a part of our present.

This nostalgia fixation is also reflected in the ways we consume media. Whether it’s the revival of nearly-dead technologies (vinyl records and instant cameras) or a staunch refusal to embrace new ones (sticking with physical books in a world of e-readers), a large contingent seems dead set on keeping one foot planted firmly in the good old days.

And though it may seem harmless to spin reissues of favorite records, or to hoard dozens of paperbacks, these nostalgic pleasures come with some real environmental costs.


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