Here are some books that are helpful in thinking about the array of issues associated with disposability.
Charlene Cerny and Suzanne Seriff, eds. Recycled Re-Seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap. New York: Harry N. Abrams and the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM: 1996. This is the catalog of a pioneering exhibition exploring the ways that the world’s poor use rubbish, from oil cans to plastic baby dolls, to create art.
Daniel Imhoff. Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2005. This book sets out the problem and offers case studies of innovators.
The League of Women Voters. The Plastic Waste Primer: A Handbook for Citizens. Washington, D.C.: The League of Women Voters Education Fund, 1993. This book is an oldie but a goodie, laying out the issues and avenues for actions with brevity and clarity.
Thomas Thwaites. The Toaster Project, or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2011. This book is hilarious and thought-provoking, as our hero attempts to produce the materials needed to build a modern, unrepairable toaster.