Consumerism and waste products.


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Consumerism is a social and economic order that is based on the systematic creation and fostering of a desire to purchase goods and services in ever greater amounts. 

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  • The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
  • A consumer is someone who consumes anything that is required by him. Mahatma Gandhi said a customer is the most important visitor in our premises. He is not dependent on us, we are on him. He is not an interruption to our work, he is the purpose of it.
  • Consumerism: Consumerism refers to the consumption of resources by the people.
  • Waste product is the product which is thrown after a short-period of time usage.
  • We all consume.  And we always will.  The act of consumption is merely the act of using something, and we will always need to use things to fulfil fundamental human needs.Our role in representative democracy as it stands in this country today is merely to be marketed to, and if we are sufficiently wooed, to choose the best value for ourselves as individuals.  We have no responsibility even to vote, and many – even most of us – do not.
  • Greedy consumers in rich countries are mesmerised by the allure of consumerism, purchasing unsustainably in a fruitless attempt to attain self-fulfilment, while ignoring the poverty crisis in the developing world.The age-old saying “money can’t buy you happiness” appears to hold an element of truth.  Western society’s greed for consumption has created a severe imbalance in world consumption levels only to be confronted with the realisation that they are still as unhappy as ever before.This migration of people causes of slums in the cities, different types of pollution and pressure on natural resources such as land, water, food and other resources.
  • oday’s 20% of the world richest consume 86% of the world’s total resources. In my point of views the 86% of the resources won’t be consumed properly by only 20% of the population, so in result there would be waste products as they are consuming and then throwing them away after a short-period of time usage, and finally such kind of process lead to pollution and environmental problems.
  • Consumerism and waste products.

    2. 2. CONSUMER??The "consumer" is the onewho consumes the goods andservices produced. Assuch, consumers plays a vitalrole in the economic systemof a nation because in theabsence of the effectivedemand that emanates fromthem, the economy virtuallycollapses.
    3. 3. Consumerism?? Consumerism is a social and economic order that is based on the systematic creation and fostering of a desire to purchase goods and services in ever greater amounts.
    4. 4. Waste products?? Waste is unwanted or useless materials. In biology, waste is any of the many unwanted substances or toxins that are expelled from living organisms, metabolic waste;
    5. 5. What are the problems and causes ofconsumerism and waste product?
    6. 6. WithConsumerism, we nolonger have realresponsibility ascitizens, because webecome merely theConsumers ofpolitical parties.
    7. 7. Poverty around the world…..The resources are not dividedproperly among people; they areneither saved nor consumedproperly. Due to economicgrowth, migration is also takingplace every where in the world.Many people move from oncountry to another country andfrom rural areas to urban areas,in order to improve and have ahigh standard of living.
    8. 8. Destructive in the long-run to the environment…… Consumerism causes the wasteful use of energy and material far above and beyond that needed for everyday living at a comfortable level.Money is not the only way to measure the cost of an item. When one adds up all the raw materials and energy that go into the goods and services consumed over an individuals lifetime, the toll on the environment is staggering. When this cost is multiplied out over the lifespan of families, cities and countries, the proportions are incredible.
    9. 9. VARIATIONS IN CONSUMERISM• Consumerism has shown an exponential growth.• It may be due to industrialization, urbanization, increase in population as well as increase in our demands due to change in lifestyle.• Our population < 1 million (long before)• Our population > 6 billion (now)
    10. 10. The above 2 reasons can be explained using Paul Ehrlich and John Hodlren model : I=P×A×TI =Human Impact on the environmentP= PopulationA= AffluenceT= Technology.This describes how our growingpopulation, affluence, and technology contribute towardour environmental
    11. 11. In Under developed countries No. of people are very highbut per capita use of resources and waste generated arelessIn More developed countries No. of people is low but percapita use of resources and waste generated are veryhighAnd hence from the formula it can be seen that the finalimpact by both of them is almost sameThus, consumerism varies with the country
    12. 12. People over-population• It occurs when there are more people than available supplies of food, water and other important resources in an area.• There are many problems due to this like poverty, under nourishment and premature deaths.• Usually occurs in under developing countries.
    13. 13. Consumption Over-Population 1.This occurs in more developed countries. 2. The per capita income of these countries is very high and the people are tend to spend more money. 3. As a result os more consumption the waste produced is also very high. The waste produced again possess a great threat to the environment.
    14. 14. Consumerism in INDIA…..
    15. 15. PARAMETER USA INDIAPopulation 4.7% 16%Production of 21% 1%goodsEnergy use 25% 3%Pollutants/wa 25% 3%steCFC’s 22% 0.7%production
    16. 16. The table shows that althoughthe population of India is 3.4times more than that of USA,its overall energy use andwaste generation are less than1/8th that of USA.Thus, more consumerismleads to more wasteproduction.
    17. 17. Facts about the consumerism….Consumption(USA)=50 x Consumption(India)Damage to earth due to USA person= 20-100 timesdamage due to Indian personIn Japan, with up-gradation in technology, the impacton earth is much less than USA although it is at par withUSA in all other terms.
    18. 18. How to solve these problems?
    19. 19. • Population: We need to control population growth. This is the very basic and important step to be taken into consideration. Laws are to be passed for the prevention of population growth.• Consumption: Once we control population growth, the consumption rate would fall down itself, beyond this, still we have to control more the consumption rate by passing some laws.• Technology: We should stop at this stage some of the irrelevant and unimportant products, in order to stabilize the environment
    20. 20. THANK YOU….. 