The mining companies need to be forced by public pressure to diversify into reclamation of recyclable metals.
The premise of 'planned obsolescence' is the lithium grease going hand in hand with the perverse economic premise of 'constant growth' and the bernaysian constant of a narcissistic model of the human being as "consumer".
In a period of unprecedented ecological degradation compounded by unregulated production and rapacious power of corporations, what we as a society have recognized as 'reasonable periods of time' are a thing of the past. The consequences of the particular notion of time as being composed of 'past' informing our situation is now PRESENT and FUTURE. Welcome to the anthropocene dinosaur configuration .
For all of the above, characterized by increasing constrictions on all aspects of societal/social/educational/ecological/spiritual creativity to again achieve sustainable balances, to continue to be considered 'logical' and desirable is emblematic of the meaning of the prefix mono-. At this point this 'mono' is synonymous with death wish.