Today’s society faces global warming and high levels of
greenhouse gas emissions, fast depletion of the earth's
natural resources, unacceptable levels of waste, rainforest
decimation and endangered species.
The reasons for this are complex and
interlinked but together they have combined and created an
unsustainable world in which to live.
Some contributory factors to the current
environmental state are:
The consumer boom of the
second half of the 20th Century
products and energy resources by the consumer
Industrialisation and the
creation of the wealthy western world which has
engendered a "throwaway society" where it seems
acceptable to discard products when broken or even in
full working order in favour of a new replacement.
Manufacturers and clever
advertising promote a "lifestyle" and encourage
to upgrade and/or replace appliances more often than is
An influx of cheap,
disposable product has provided the consumer with
but at great environmental cost and very often the
retail price of a product does not reflect the true
environmental cost of production.
More availability of
products from all over the world brought to our
step, free market trade and globalisation.
High rates of obsolescence
of electrical and consumer goods