The problem with the modern culture of disposable products

Garbage can full of disposable products.

Modern throwaway products


To be oblivious to the garbage crisis and what contributes to it is to ignore the practices of this throwaway society.

For example, do you find that paper towels in the kitchen are a more attractive option than cloth ones?

Do you substitute paper napkins for linen ones at mealtime?

If you have babies still in diapers, do you use disposable ones rather than cloth diapers?

Are parents willing to tolerate the inconveniences of laundering their baby’s diapers or subscribing to a delivery service?

To many, a world without disposable diapers is unthinkable.

Have you found that disposable razors and cameras are just too convenient not to buy?

Few young people today have ever written with a fountain pen; ballpoint pens, some that are themselves throwaways and others with throwaway cartridges, have long since taken their place.

Businesses order ballpoints by the thousands.

Advertisers give them away by the millions.

Take-out orders of tea, coffee, colas, milk shakes, and fast-food hamburgers are no longer put in paper cups and on paper trays.

Polystyrene containers have made them obsolete.

There are plastic knives, forks, and spoons, all to be thrown into the trash after one use.

The number and variety of throwaway conveniences are endless.

What can be said of milk bottles of plastic instead of glass; shoes of plastic instead of leather and rubber; raincoats of plastic rather than of water-repellent natural fibers?

Some readers may wonder how the world was able to function before the age of plastics.

Notice, too, the row after row of products in oversize containers, screaming at you from the shelves of supermarkets and wherever else packaged goods are sold.

The age of computers—spewing out thousands of millions of pages of paper—adds to an already large paper pile that has become mountain high.

Environmental experts and officials of government, however, say we must change our habits or else be buried alive in our own garbage.

Modern throwaway products may be convenient to consumers, but they are a bomb to earth’s garbage dumps.

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