Reusing/ Renting/Sharing is good for our environment…. We currently live in a world which promotes Over Consumerism. Personal credit allows us to make purchases beyond our income-level. Our earth produces enough resources to meet all of our needs, but it does not produce enough resources to meet all of our wants. And whether you consider yourself an environmentalist or not, it is tough to argue with the fact that consuming more resources than the earth can replenish is not a healthy trend—especially when it is completely unnecessary.
Everything we buy needs manufacturing, packaging and transportation…All this has a negative impact on our environment - Polluting & depleting our natural resources….you can imaging the impact we can make on our environment by Reusing at least a few things through Renting or Sharing instead of buying.
EPA - United States Environmental Protection Agency
Reducing and Reusing Basics
The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy: raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated and then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment, and save money. Benefits of Reducing and Reusing
- Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials;
- Saves energy;
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change;
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations;
- Saves money;
- Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfills and incinerators;
- Allows products to be used to their fullest extent.
Why is Reuse Important?
Reuse is important because at the same time that it confronts the challenges of waste reduction, reuse also sustains a comfortable quality of life and supports a productive economy. Unique to reuse is that it also brings resources to individuals and organizations that might otherwise be unable to acquire them. With few exceptions reuse accomplishes these goals more effectively than recycling, and it does so in the following ways: Reuse keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream
- Reuse advances source reduction
- Reuse preserves the "embodied energy" that was originally used to manufacture an item
- Reuse reduces the strain on valuable resources, such as fuel, forests and water supplies, and helps safeguard wildlife habitats
- Reuse creates less air and water pollution than making a new item or recycling
- Reuse results in less hazardous waste
- Reuse saves money in purchases and disposal costs
- Reuse generates new business and employment opportunities for both small entrepreneurs and large enterprises
- Reuse creates an affordable supply of goods that are often of excellent quality.
for National Geographic News
January 12, 2004
Americans and Western Europeans have had a lock on unsustainable over- consumption for decades. But now developing countries are catching up rapidly, to the detriment of the environment, health, and happiness, according to the Worldwatch Institute in its annual report, State of the World 2004. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/01/0111_040112_consumerism.html
The brief, tragic reign of consumerism -- and a happy alternative
By Richard Heinberg
Published August 19, 2013
You and I consume; we are consumers. The global economy is set up to enable us to do what we innately want to do -- buy, use, discard and buy some more. If we do our job well, the economy thrives. if for some reason we fail at our task, the economy falters. The model of economic existence just described is reinforced in the business pages of every newspaper, and in the daily reportage of nearly every broadcast and web-based financial news service. It has a familiar name: consumerism. Consumerism also has a history, but not a long one. True, humans -- like all other animals -- are consumers in the most basic sense, in that we must eat to live. Further, we have been making weapons, ornaments, clothing, utensils, toys and musical instruments for thousands of years, and commerce likewise has been with us for untold millennia. What’s new is the project of organizing an entire society around the necessity for ever-increasing rates of personal consumption.
This is how it happened
Consumerism arose from a unique historic milieu. In the early 20th century, a temporary abundance of cheap, concentrated, storable and portable energy in the form of fossil fuels enabled a dramatic increase in the rate and scope of resource extraction (via powered mining equipment, chain saws, tractors, powered fishing boats and more). Coupled with powered assembly lines and the use of petrochemicals, cheap fossil energy also permitted the vastly expanded manufacture of a widening array of commercial products. This resulted in a serious economic problem known as overproduction (too many goods chasing too few buyers), which eventually would contribute to the Great Depression.
Industrialists found a solution. How they did so is detailed in "Captains of Consciousness," a 1976 book that deserves renewed attention by social historian Stuart Ewen. Ewen traced the rapid, massive expansion of the advertising industry during the 20th century, as well as its extraordinary social and political impacts (if you really want to understand "Mad Men," start here). In the book, Ewen wrote: “Consumerism, the mass participation in the values of the mass-industrial market . . . emerged in the 1920s not as a smooth progression from earlier and less ‘developed’ patterns of consumption, but rather as an aggressive device of corporate survival.”