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Canada: Are We A Throw Away Society?

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Jaspreet Randhawa

on 9 October 2012

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Transcript of Canada: Are We A Throw Away Society?

Are We A Throw
Away Society? What is a Throw Away
Society? A Throw Away Society is the same as a normal human community, but has been influenced by consumerism. Consumerism is the tendency of consumers purchasing various products and brands not because they are necessary, but because they want the latest devices. Also, people usually throw out old items that still function with new ones that seem to offer better features and faster abilities. For example, when the IPhone 5 came out, people were standing in extensive lineups to purchase it, although they had perfectly fine IPhone 4's. Are We A "Throw Away" Society? After researching about "Throw Away" Societies and completing the survey I created, I realized that we are a "throw away" society. People do replace many old systems with new, better and faster ones because they appear to have become a symbol of status and wealth in our lives.
Also, companies intentionally create systems that are affordable, but last for a very short period of time rather than systems that may be expensive, but will have a longer lifespan. This is done in order to keep customers coming back for more products.
Businesses create plenty of updates and generations that are bought by people because they want to keep their electronics up to date, which provides the businesses with a great quantity of profits. For example, the new generation for the IPod Touch is coming out. People will surely substitute their IPod 4's with the improved IPod 5's. # of Systems
Replaced System
Name Erica Hanna Phone, IPod 3 Survey-Systems Replaced! 2 (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr Adam Everett Will Dad Me Emily IPod IPod IPod, Computer IPod T.V IPhone T.V, Fridge,
Phone 1 2 1 1 1 1 Is the Goal Statement True? I think the goal statement is false because the amount of benefits of being a "throw away" society do not exceed the quantity of costs to the environment and society.
There are numerous costs that the environment and society have to pay because of us choosing to live as a "throw away" society. There are some advantages of being a "throw away" society, but they do not outweigh the number of costs. This survey was completed by 8 people. It informs us about how many systems were replaced, what they were and who they were replaced by. Most of these systems were replaced with new ones not because they were broken or weren't performing properly, but because they had better graphics, higher quality, offered more facilities or had the ability to make tasks even easier to accomplish. Thousands in line for the IPhone 5 in New York! Costs to the Environment Currently, 16% of our garbage has been being burnt. This releases highly toxic dioxins into the atmosphere which causes plenty of pollution and bad effects on the environment.
There is hardly any land left for us to dump the garbage. For example, New York is running out of room to place it's 26 000 000 pounds (per day) of waste.
Also, about 80% of U.S products are used once, then thrown away. To make matters even worse, garbage production has doubled in the past 30 years making it really difficult to dispose!
Factories create countless amounts of air pollution and they are built on land that was once a home to thousands of animals. Even though we have a considerable amount of knowledge about how our decisions make a huge influence to our lives and surroundings, we still chose to live as a "throw away" society because it provides us with happiness. Purchasing new items gives us pleasure because we enjoy having the latest systems and receiving products that are popular amongst our community.
Also, living in a "throw away" society provides us with many jobs because the demand of the latest electronics is very high supplying us with numerous career opportunities. Why do we still choose to live as a "throw away" society? Costs to the Society If consumerism continues, there will soon be no resources left.
Companies that rely on resources will be out of business causing numerous people to be jobless.
Millions of people will be in debt due to the purchases of expensive systems.
Businesses will expand even more taking up lots of space that could have been used for other purposes. Benefits of Consumerism More industrial production resulting in more employment opportunities.
More goods and services available providing us with a more comfortable and better living style.
Countless jobs supplying us with lots of money.
Gives us happiness because we enjoy receiving new products. Try not to purchase updates and new generations Recycle and re-use unwanted items Try to not buy new products until our old ones have broke or stopped working. Buy products that may be expensive, but have a longer life span. (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr copy paste branches if you need more.... Identifying Alternatives Make a Decision My research and survey have proved that we are definitely a "throw away" society. We purchase many new items and replace them with our perfectly fine old ones. Companies persuade us to buy their products by using commercials and advertisement. This negatively effects our community and surroundings, but we can help by following the alternatives I provided. If we buy fewer things, it will assist in making our community aware of how their acts can cause a huge impact on the environment and our livelihood. Ipod 4 Ipod 5
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