Making Items Immortal Through Nostalgia
One of the more interesting concepts in structural engineering design is that of emotional durable design. The basic idea is that by creating an emotional bond with an item the owner of that item is less likely to toss the item out, which limits the amount of waste generated by the person or company. It requires that a narrative be created for the item that allows for emotionally bonding with the item in question; an obvious example is a coffee that has been given for an important reason. As part of this the object gains a certain degree of perceived consciousness, much like a ship, and thus gains a certain sentimental value. Also, the surface may be designed to encourage keeping it, such as one where the designs become stronger as the item ages.
All of this helps to ensure that the item in question is not tossed with the garbage any time before it is absolutely necessary to do so. While this is usually applied to smaller items, such as pens and coffee cups, it can also be applied to larger items, and some people do it almost instinctively, such as a mechanic with an engine or a captain with his ship. It gives the person reason to maintain the item in question, and that maintenance may extend the life of the item, sometimes indefinitely. By applying the concepts of emotional durable design, an item can saved from the trash, thus making dumps less full and creating a valuable item, even if it is just for the sake of nostalgia.