Throw Away


Essay Plan
Explore the claim that a consumer society is always a throwaway society

Consumer society “a society in which the buying and selling of goods and services is the most important social and economic activity:”
Always = permanently, forever, continuously
Use different viewpoints and then present final argument
Consumption includes disposal of products
Value of rubbish
The costs of society on rubbish
Responsible consumers
I will look at the differences between my generation and that of my parents and the changes that have occurred.

A Consumer society is a label used to refer to a society which is defined as much by how and what people purchase and use as by what they make or do.
Looking at consumerism from the 1950s and the 2010 the differences are totally divergent.   Those consuming in the 1950s had already come through 2 world wars where rationing was in place.   There was few time saving or labour saving freezers everything had to be bought food wise and use relatively quickly.   In those time also the wage earners within the family were usually the male while the females looked after the household.
Packaging was not readily available. Items were bought as they could be afforded and you were brought up with the “make do and mend motto.   You made do with what you had and if it broke you mended it.
Today we have labour saving devices like freezers, automatic washing machines which allows families to save time. However it also shows off their status with what they can afford in this affluent society.   Items may not necessarily stop working but fashions change and in my life time we already have had white, silver and now black appliances.   If you don’t have the latest appliance society makes you feel compelled to replace to be up to date, in fashion and proof that you can afford luxury items. Products have a faster rate of technological obsolence
Over consumption...