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BEING A THROW AWAY SOCIETY
Transcript of BEING A THROW AWAY SOCIETY
I believe that the benefits of being a throw away society and consumerism do not outweigh the costs to society and the environment.
SALLY CO 8H
CONSUMERISM: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
'Consumerism' can have many definitions, which can confusingly disagree or contradict each other.
What is a "throw away society?
"The throw-away society is a human society strongly influenced by consumerism. The term describes a critical view of over-consumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items."
A throw away society is a society where consumers are constantly buying and replacing products, throwing products away once there is another with something better to offer.
what is "consumerism"?
Today, the word "consumerism" usually refers to
the belief that spending a lot of money on goods and
services will improve your life.
OF BEING A THROW AWAY SOCIETY?
We are able to choose from a wide range of products for our many 'needs' and can get them easily. New products are constantly being made to keep us buying and due to competition between companies, prices are as low as possible to attract more buyers. Also, always having the best possible thing makes life easier, without having to deal with any issues with outdated things and having more perks and features. Things are easy to get, and easy to toss.
Buying things aids in boosting the economy, providing jobs and creating businesses. Taxes may also go towards funding important things like healthcare, education, water, waste management, and the construction of roads and buildings. It also promotes free trade and international interaction.
With consumers constantly wanting the next best thing, people are continually thinking of new ideas. Consumerism encourages innovation and improvement, and all these new ideas end up benefiting us and enhancing our lives. Products are always getting new features and new inventions are always being made, leading to us advancing more and more each day.
Manufacturing and transporting all these products greatly affects the planet. Factories pollute air, water, and soil with the byproducts of their merchandise with harmful chemicals. To gather supplies, habitats may be destroyed, killing off numerous plants and animals and stripping the Earth of its natural resources we may not get back. The consumers who keep throwing away items are filling up landfills, where it will break down over the course of thousands of years. Garbage is also often not disposed of properly, resulting in diseases and illnesses, growth and development issues with plant and animal species (like mutations), interference with drains and waterways, exposure to toxic chemicals, and litter basically everywhere.
MISTREATED WORKERS AND ANIMALS
Many companies go to great lengths to make money. Corporations may mistreat their workers, who may be abused, not paid fairly (or at all), or put people in poor conditions to work, such as children. You never know the story behind that new phone; it could have been made in a sweatshop! Some companies also test on animals, poisoning, crippling, burning and abusing hundreds of millions of animals every year to make products work on humans.
I think these benefits do not outweigh the costs. Also, the benefits listed don't exactly come from being a throw away society; they come from consuming. So we could
still achieve these perks without being wasteful
. We can still consume without being a throw away society, can't we?
So, how can we fix things?
of being a throw away society
Supplies jobs, boosts economy, and taxes going to important things.
A wide of products that are cheap, easy to get and get rid of.
of being a throw away society
Polluting the soil, air, and water, and threatening the life on Earth.
Workers put under very poor conditions and product testing on animals
Thinking items are equivalent to happiness, and better items means a better person.
There are constantly new ideas on how to further enhance our lives.
USE ITEMS TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL
KNOW WHERE YOUR PRODUCTS COME FROM
THINK BEFORE YOU SPEND
How can we change things?
BUY WHAT YOU NEED
To reduce waste, only purchase what you really need or will keep for a long time. Think about all the facets of your purchase to make the most out of your purchase, such as durability, or if it is recyclable.
Don't throw a working phone away just for a slightly improved version! Either keep using it until you can't stand it anymore, give it to a friend/family member, sell it, or donate it to charity. Same goes vice versa, buy used things from second hand stores or accept hand-me-downs. If it works, it works!
Instead of throwing it out in the garbage, see if it may be recycled. This way, new resources do not have to be used to continue making new products. Also, you may upcycle old things into something else! There are a ton of creative ideas online to turn something old into something brand new! Turn a broken light bulb into a vase, or vamp up an old sweater! The possibilities are endless!
c'mon you don't need 18 colours of the same sweater
Try to find out where your products come from to stop support corporations that violate human/animal rights. Even get involved! If a company is doing something that you disagree with, try to put a stop to them by signing petitions, spreading the word, and supporting other, cruelty-free businesses.
Before you buy something, really put some thought in it. Do I really need this? Will I benefit from this somehow? Try your best to only buy what you really, really need, or something that will truly improve your life somehow.
Are we a throw away society?
In a survey conducted among the class, results concluded that for all categories (electronics, recreational, transportation) except home, most people bought something they did not need. My theory is because investments on a house are the most costly (expensive & permanent), people would not purchase things for a home on impulse. But for the other categories, impulse buying, or buying unnecessary items, is relevant. I think this determines that we are a throw away society.
And remember; things are just that.
As a result of being a throw away society & consumerism, many of us start to believe happiness is bought in the form of items.
We start associating social status and self worth with the items we own, and somebody who has something cooler/newer as opposed to someone who doesn't is assumed to be "better". Objects become more than mere objects, but ways of judging one another. This unhealthy way of thinking of "more is
", causes unkind behavior towards people with less, excessive spending, and wasted time & money.