I will sound like an octogenarian grandmother for just a moment, but it is true to say that generally speaking everything used to be built to last. One of the best examples I've found has to be this vintage Stratton powder compact - incredibly well made and years later still going strong - something I feel comfortable carrying around in my bag to use as an everyday mirror.
Made in Britain when compacts themselves were keepers and powder refills were readily available, they were sustainably produced before such a thing was even thought of.
Stratton themselves initially imported semi complete powder boxes from the USA to finish and decorate in the UK from 1923 onward before they began producing their own compacts in the 1930s. Several of their factories were casualties of the Luftwaffe's bombing raids on Birmingham during World War II but Stratton enjoyed popularity for decades after their rebuild.
Sadly compacts largely fell out of fashion but remain highly collectible, in fact I didn't realise how many collectors there were until I was fighting it out for this one on eBay! Designs like this one are common and easily picked up at reasonable prices but rare, sought after designs can run into the thousands.
Such lovely things to window shop for online . . . . .