The age of consumption
Why society have the urge to consume so much? With commercial bombardments and everyday strategic advertisements, it’s hard for one to resist the temptation not to spend. Shopping have became one of today’s number one pastime and an addiction to many people who admitted they can not help themselves not to shop. People who “shop till they drop” and run their credit cards up to the limit often have a shopping addiction. They believe that if they shop they will feel better, but compulsive shopping and spending generally makes a person feels worse. It is similar to other addictive behaviors and has some of the same characteristics as a problem drinking, gambling or overeating.
From our food to our clothes, our cars and our not so everyday necessities has become over the top excess and have created a climate of consumption. This climate of consumption have created an alarming present day problem with our everyday over excess electronics. With electronic equipment and gadgets the fastest growing waste stream in many countries. How to deal with so-called “e-waste” may in fact be one of the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st century. According to BCC Research, consumers around the world purchased 238.5 million tv’s, 444.4 million computers and tablets and a whopping 1.75 billion mobile phones in 2012 alone. Most of us discard such items within three years of purchase, and this is driving the global growth in e-waste by some eight percent a year. Meanwhile, a recent study conducted by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on behalf of the United Nations found that the growth in demand for and manufacturing of new electronics will result in 33 percent increase in e-waste globally between 2012 and 2017.
But why is e-waste any more of a problem than old fashioned garbage? “Some of the materials in personal electronics, such as lead, mercury and cadmium, are hazardous and can release dangerous toxic into our air and water when burned or deposited in landfills improperly, ” reports the non-profit Natural Research Defense Council (NRDC) and throwing away metal components, like the copper, gold, silver and palladium in cell phones and other electronics, lead to needless mining for new metals. Truth is, this is the age of consumption and the world is consuming twice as more at a much faster pace than of yesterday. And if we don’t curve our habits of gobbling up everything we can find, we are going to have a big future environmental problem. With global warming and climate change all affected by our waste disposables.
It is going to take a conscious effort from every individual to help make a difference to save the planet from becoming a dumped from our addictions and habits. So next time when you goes out shopping, before you buy something you don’t really need, think of the energy and resources it take to produce such products, for us to discard unwanted items helping accumulating to the problems of the environment. To see change is to make changes and as simple as changing our shopping habits is making a conscious change for our planet.