How do you anticipate future uses for the materials that you are using?
Looking at this big bag of clunky 80s jewelry, I know that styles and taste will change, and nothing lasts forever. So I just hope to make quality pieces that have the potential to be around for a long time. However i believe that many of these pieces will continue to have other lives, the plastic gemstones I made may turn into light catchers, or key chains. They might decorate house plants or be added to a dog collar. It wont decompose for millions of years so the possibilities are endless.