Does America have a Throw Away Society? Essay

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Since 1955, after Life magazine named it so, the United States of America has been called “The Throwaway Society.” In the United States, society is based on the principal of convenience. In every aspect of life, Americans seek to maximize their output while minimizing their input. Americans buy fast food so that they can eat without the burden of grocery shopping, cooking, or cleaning up. Americans get their clothes dry cleaned so that they do not have to worry about the burden of washing, drying, and hanging up their own clothes. And Americans want everything in a neat, ready-to-use package to avoid the burden of preparing it themselves. But these millions of disposable bags, disposable bottles, and disposable cups add up to be a whole…show more content…
For example, plastic bottles tossed into the recycling bin will never again be plastic bottles because recycling plastic is too difficult. All in all, as Captain Charles Moore says of the percentage of plastics that Americans recycle, “the under-five-percent of plastics recovered in our waste stream [is] diddly-point-squat.” This inefficiency shows that even if more waste was recycled, it would not be enough to compensate for America’s extreme waste generation.
The Consequences of a Throw-Away Society Are Severe, Visible, and Affect Humans
All of this trash means one thing: the current rate of waste generation in the United States is unsustainable; something must be done. The consequences of the throw-away society mindset are already visible, not only on the environment, but on the economy as well. Excessive waste leads to waste management fees, in addition to the cost of reproducing the disposed of products, the cost of the fuel to transport American garbage overseas, etc. All of this extra expense adds up to a substantial amount of wasted money that negatively impacts the American economy.
But trash has a much more noticeable impact on the environment. The trash that does make it to a landfill still spreads toxins into the environment. But even more problematic is that not all of the 500 billion pounds of trash generated
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