Consumerism is social and economic order that is based on the systematic creation and fostering of a desire to purchase goods or services in ever greater amounts. In other words, increased consumerism also increases consumption of goods. In today’s society consumerism is often portrayed to be a negative aspect of people’s lives and purchasing behaviors, which inevitably leads to materialism. So, increased consumerism has many disadvantages, such as pollution and increased wastage in form of money.
As mention in the introduction, consumerism can effect environment by causing air pollution, water pollution, land contamination, and forest degradation.
This can be seen especially in industrial and agriculture production process where more waste packaging need to be dispose off. This industrial waste is usually just dumped into river and oceans without under going any treatment process. Where else, automobile emissions are examples of air and water pollutions caused by consumerism. Furthermore, tobacco production can lead to soil degradation and land contamination.
The next disadvantage of increased consumerism is it encourages wastage of money. Nowadays, people tend to purchase goods, without thing the necessity of buying the particular good. This leads to excessive spending for unnecessary stuff. Such an attitude, discourage savings for future in the case of emergency. In conclusion, increased consumerism is not a good thing because it contributes to pollution and wastage of money. Therefore, authorities should imply rules and laws to make sure that consumerism does not destroy our society and planet.