DEFINATION OF CONSUMERSIMIn a nutshell, consumerismdescribes the rising want and need for goods and services.
The interestingthing is, all the biggest examples are around us, but not everybody realizesit.One huge example is the hugenumber of convenience stores that are open 24/7. Decades ago, they werepractically non-existent.
But because people find the need to consume and buyall the way until the wee hours of the morning, these stores have sprouted likemushrooms all over the country, that you probably couldn’t imagine life withoutthe 7-11 around the corner.Looking at how people makepurchases can also be attributed to consumerism. Before, you needed cash insideyour pocket each time you needed to make a purchase. Then, as people found a higherneed to buy stuff, credit cards came into the picture. Now, you can buyproducts and pay for services without having to use cash! But that doesn’t endthere. Now, you have tools like PayPal or Bitcoin that are as good as money,too. This evolution in payment schemes makes it evident that people are findingbetter ways to pay more, simply because they are buying more.
WHY CONSUMERISM IS A BAD THING.Therecan be no consumption without production. If a population consumes more than itproduces, this is ultimately unsustainable. Consumption is 70% of the USeconomy. Someday, this will collapse.
Consumerist culture isn’t just aboutbuying things you want. It’s about convincing you that you need things that youdon’t necessarily need or want and encouraging you to spend money on thesethings, sometimes even when you can’t afford them. This is a bizarre way tostructure production – make stuff, trick people into buying it, so you can makemore stuff to trick people into buying. A culture more concerned with growth,development, and improvement than superficial validation and instantgratification would be able to provide for actual needsand wants far better. Consumerist culture also motivatespeople to go into debt, which is also an unsustainable thing, since loanablefunds aren’t unlimited. It also sacrifices the future for the present.In short, consumerism sacrifices the future for short-term immediate gratification.
It is like an addictive drug, and withdrawal is going to suck. EXAMPLES OF CONSUMERISMI would wager that most people, up until a certainage, love celebrating their birthdays. There are so many wonderful things abouthaving a birthday: the gathering of loved ones, the cake and, of course, thepresents. For children in particular, I would even go so far as to bet thatgifts are the best part about birthdays.
After all, who doesn’t love to receivepresents?Of course, as we get older, getting the things thatwe want is not limited to birthdays. Being able to buy things that we do notnecessarily need, but only desire is an ability that many people want to haverelatively early on. I know that’s why I got a job at age 15. I was desperateto be able to buy my own clothes, my own CDs and games.The desire to buy things that we want, apart fromwhat we need to survive, is a huge part of the subject of today’s lesson. We’llbe talking about consumerism,or the ideology that places value upon the excessive consumption of materialgoods and services.
Waste ProductsWastes are substances not produced for purposesin the market. Waste result from the extraction of raw materials; they form thelasting after the final useable product is produced. Prior to advanced economicgrowth and development, most communities not only in America, but also acrossthe world lived under extreme poverty. As a result, there was no much todispose as waste products; therefore, the environment remained helpful. Thisled to a peace co-existence between human beings, plants and animals. However,with the increase in globalization and technological issues in this world,human beings continue to release more waste products to the environment. Duringthe industrial revolution, industrial tycoons did not have much informationregarding waste management. As such, they disposed their industrial waste toareas that were taken by human beings, and this, resulted to healthcomplications to the people.
Also, waste from the industries led toenvironmental pollution; air pollution for instance led to acidic rain, whichaffected not only humans, but also, animals and plants. It was not long beforethe governments realized that they had to work on issues regarding wastedisposal and management. Most dangerous type ofwaste productRadioactive waste is the most dangerous waste and generatesthrough byproducts.Radioactive waste is hazards for human being and also for the environment.Radioactive waste naturally decays over time so,this waste has to be isolatedand confined in appropriate disposal facilities for such period until it nolonger poses a threat.WAYS TO REDUCE WASTE1. Reduce your shopping lists. Many times we buyunnecessary things that are not useful for us.
They end up in trash cans.2. Carry a Jute or other carry bag with you. You willend up using less plastics.3. Try to reuse things, like old clothes, oldnotebooks, aluminium or glass containers and even plastic bottles for storageor gardening work. It will reduce your wastage.
4. Order or cook food in proper quantity, only whatyou can consume. Many a times, we waste a lot of food.5. Electronics waste can be recycled for a lot ofprecious metals like copper, aluminium and even good or silver.
Find a nearbyrecycling unit and you may even earn a penny for it.6. Try to segregate wastes. When mixed, they usuallyends up in landfills, but if segregated, wastes can be recycled easily.
7. Prefer organic over synthetics.