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Consequences of Consumerism
Consequences of consumerism

All manner of explanations have been advanced to account for people's seemingly inexhaustible propensity to consume, capacity to spend, spend, and spend again, to work longer hours to earn more, to use credit and run up debt, and willingness to withdraw equity from their homes in order to participate in ‘consumer society’, to fund the purchase of more and more consumer goods and additional services. If pleasure and enjoyment, both anticipated and experienced, are part of the story it is worth remembering that some of the goods selected for purchase are never used and a significant proportion end up being thrown away, including substantial quantities of edible foods, with one estimate from a UK report suggesting avoidable food waste over ...

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