DEFINATION OF CONSUMERSIM
In a nutshell, consumerism
describes the rising want and need for goods and services. The interesting
thing is, all the biggest examples are around us, but not everybody realizes
One huge example is the huge
number of convenience stores that are open 24/7. Decades ago, they were
practically non-existent. But because people find the need to consume and buy
all the way until the wee hours of the morning, these stores have sprouted like
mushrooms all over the country, that you probably couldn’t imagine life without
the 7-11 around the corner.
Looking at how people make
purchases can also be attributed to consumerism. Before, you needed cash inside
your pocket each time you needed to make a purchase. Then, as people found a higher
need to buy stuff, credit cards came into the picture. Now, you can buy
products and pay for services without having to use cash! But that doesn’t end
there. 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 finding
better ways to pay more, simply because they are buying more.
WHY CONSUMERISM IS A BAD THING.
can be no consumption without production. If a population consumes more than it
produces, this is ultimately unsustainable. Consumption is 70% of the US
economy. Someday, this will collapse.
Consumerist culture isn’t just about
buying things you want. It’s about convincing you that you need things that you
don’t necessarily need or want and encouraging you to spend money on these
things, sometimes even when you can’t afford them. This is a bizarre way to
structure production – make stuff, trick people into buying it, so you can make
more stuff to trick people into buying. A culture more concerned with growth,
development, and improvement than superficial validation and instant
gratification would be able to provide for actual needs
and wants far better.
Consumerist culture also motivates
people to go into debt, which is also an unsustainable thing, since loanable
funds 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 CONSUMERISM
I would wager that most people, up until a certain
age, love celebrating their birthdays. There are so many wonderful things about
having a birthday: the gathering of loved ones, the cake and, of course, the
presents. For children in particular, I would even go so far as to bet that
gifts are the best part about birthdays. After all, who doesn’t love to receive
Of course, as we get older, getting the things that
we want is not limited to birthdays. Being able to buy things that we do not
necessarily need, but only desire is an ability that many people want to have
relatively early on. I know that’s why I got a job at age 15. I was desperate
to be able to buy my own clothes, my own CDs and games.
The desire to buy things that we want, apart from
what we need to survive, is a huge part of the subject of today’s lesson. We’ll
be talking about consumerism,
or the ideology that places value upon the excessive consumption of material
goods and services.
Wastes are substances not produced for purposes
in the market. Waste result from the extraction of raw materials; they form the
lasting after the final useable product is produced. Prior to advanced economic
growth and development, most communities not only in America, but also across
the world lived under extreme poverty. As a result, there was no much to
dispose as waste products; therefore, the environment remained helpful. This
led 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. During
the industrial revolution, industrial tycoons did not have much information
regarding waste management. As such, they disposed their industrial waste to
areas that were taken by human beings, and this, resulted to health
complications to the people. Also, waste from the industries led to
environmental pollution; air pollution for instance led to acidic rain, which
affected not only humans, but also, animals and plants. It was not long before
the governments realized that they had to work on issues regarding waste
disposal and management.
Most dangerous type of
Radioactive waste is the most dangerous waste and generates
Radioactive waste is hazards for human being and also for the environment.
Radioactive waste naturally decays over time so,this waste has to be isolated
and confined in appropriate disposal facilities for such period until it no
longer poses a threat.
WAYS TO REDUCE WASTE
Reduce your shopping lists. Many times we buy
unnecessary things that are not useful for us. They end up in trash cans.
Carry a Jute or other carry bag with you. You will
end up using less plastics.
Try to reuse things, like old clothes, old
notebooks, aluminium or glass containers and even plastic bottles for storage
or gardening work. It will reduce your wastage.
Order or cook food in proper quantity, only what
you can consume. Many a times, we waste a lot of food.
Electronics waste can be recycled for a lot of
precious metals like copper, aluminium and even good or silver. Find a nearby
recycling unit and you may even earn a penny for it.
Try to segregate wastes. When mixed, they usually
ends up in landfills, but if segregated, wastes can be recycled easily.
Prefer organic over synthetics.