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Wants or Needs?

Is having the latest technology a want or a need?

How often do you get a new cel phone or mp3 player? Did you really need a new model? Do you consider the environmental impact of these purchases? If you are addicted, how can you break your addiction?

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bebrBOD   2021-05-11 15:11:06
Climate Change, and how we can fix it.

The way we live as humans isn't sustainable, which is going to continue to hurt the environments we and other organisms live in. According to "Science Alert", "'In general, the more social thresholds a country achieves, the more planetary boundaries it exceeds, and vice versa," says one of the researchers, William Lamb from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Germany.
'Although wealthy nations like the US and UK satisfy the basic needs of their citizens, they do so at a level of resource use that is far beyond what is globally sustainable.'
'In contrast, countries that are using resources at a sustainable level, such as Sri Lanka, fail to meet the basic needs of their people.'"

We are able to live sustainably, but it'll be harder just for us to be able to live comfortably and not struggle as a society. The way humans live now is not very sustainable, but we are living comfortably. Now it's a matter of comfort, or lifeon this planet.

https://www.sciencealert.com/maybe-we-c … the-planet

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Valentina Č.   2021-05-04 04:57:14 (Last post: 2021-05-04 21:50:54)
Do I really need it?

When we talk about things we want to buy so badly or even a simple gift, do we even ask ourselves: "How much is too much?" Is it really that necessary to have a new phone or a tablet every once in a while? If your cousin or a classmate has some new super cool sneakers, do you need to buy them as well? I feel like those are the questions that people don't really ask themselves enough. Most importantly, they don't think about how things they buy can actually affect the environment. We all know how much plastic surrounds us every day. We also know how long it takes for plastic to decompose. A thousand years for one plastic bag! Now, remember how many different devices people buy every day. And they all contain plastic. That way, we all leave an indelible trace. My point is that we should buy new things only when the old ones become truly unusable.

rplue   2021-05-04 07:57:45

I fully agree with this post. After looking at my carbon footprint, the category on "purchases" was actually my lowest number. This being said, I feel even more obligated to lower this number because in my living situation, "purchases" is the only category I have full control over, so I will work to lower my amount of carbon even more. I already thrift and buy used clothing for the majority of my closet, but I do definitely participate in trends when they come and go. Clothing trends are horrible for our atmosphere, because so many people buy one thing, causing the production of this product to go through the roof. The more factories that make the one over-sold product, the more carbon. After doing some research, Nike sells 10 million MORE Air Force 1s(a shoe trend that I did contribute to)every year. Trends like these increase the amount of carbon in our atmosphere a lot. Companies creating and selling products to the public in general is horrible for our planet. Right now we are only discussing the air and carbon in our atmosphere, but there are so many more issues, like packaging and animal testing. From now on I am not only going to buy used clothes for 80 percent or more of my closet, but I will research brands before buying anything brand new, making sure it is a cruelty free product, and that the packaging is recyclable or eco friendly.

Valentina Č.   2021-05-04 21:50:54

Hi! Thanks for responding. Yes, unfortunately, as you said, companies produce more and more every day without thinking about what to do with it once it's thrown away. Also, thank you for mentioning cruelty-free products. I also try my best to buy vegan products only, especially cosmetics. My "purchases" category was the lowest one as well, so I'm really proud of both of us for setting an example to those whose purchases may run out of control. smile big_smile

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kyfrBOD   2021-05-04 11:03:20
Wants or Needs?

Is having the latest technology a want or a need?

How often do you get a new cell phone or mp3 player? Did you really need a new model? Do you consider the environmental impact of these purchases? If you are addicted, how can you break your addiction? It is important to ask yourself these questions before investing in new technology. So often our society obsesses over having newer and better technology, forgetting the true affect it can have on the earth. The United States alone has generated approximately 6.2 million tons of e-waste every year and has only recycled around 15% of that waste. Additionally, e-waste is one of the most difficult types of waste to recycle and reuse. While technology is essential for everyday life the most advanced technology is not, it is completely possible to live a productive life with a slightly less new model of technology. Furthermore, limiting your purchases of new technology can help reduce wasting money and creating waste, so limiting your purchases is beneficial to the environment and you. The world today is in the age of information where millions of gigabytes of data are uploaded everyday. Being updated and aware of what is going on in the world constantly has become what everyone is accustomed to. So unfortunately, breaking that cycle of addiction is a very difficult thing to do. Personally, I feel like something is missing or feel a bit anxious when I don't know what is going on without my phone because of how much useful information it can provide at a single tap of my finger. With advancements of technology sending information at faster speeds with every new update and every new model, more and more people abandon their perfectly useful and functional phones for new ones with better quality. This phenomenon causes perfectly good and useful materials such as 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium to be wasted. We chose not to recover these materials when it was completely in our capacity to. Some of these materials are used in surgical instruments and could have been recycled and reused for better purposes. In conclusion, while technology is a needed essential in this age of information the world has turned to, having the newest and greatest models that can provide this information is not an essential and actually does more harm to the Earth than necessary when you could just use your perfectly good, older model.

Sources: https://earth911.com/eco-tech/20-e-waste-facts/#:~:text=The%20United%20States%20generated%206.92,That's%20right.

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juwrBOD5   2021-05-03 21:37:24
Wants or Needs?

In my experience the idea of convenience has almost alway gotten in the way of focussing only on what I need. Also based on what I have seen in others, I am not alone in this. When I go to a store and see something that I might want, I immediately focus on that thing instead of whatever I need. I think a lot of people buy certain items  because it makes some aspect of their life easier, but from the carbon calculator I learned how big of an impact little things like that can have. I must try to be rational when there is something I want. I will have to think if it serves me any real  purpose and about how it might factor into my carbon footprint. I don't really go out to stores often, so I would hope with that fact and being more aware would lower my carbon footprint.

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SiMcBOD   2021-05-01 11:51:54 (Last post: 2021-05-03 20:43:07)
Do I need it or do I want it?

I have a big struggle of deciding if I really want it or do I need it. I think having the question with you can help with your everyday life to help the environment around you. When going to the grocery store think do I really need it or do I want it? Or is this going to help the environment. My personal problem is shopping since I pay for some of my clothes I go for the cheap-fast fashion. For my personal needs I should start  finding affordable and safe items to better the environment. This struggle of mine caused me to have a higher carbon footprint purchase than I expected, now moving forward and realizing what my carbon footprint is, I have a plan to better the earth and my environment.

riduBOD   2021-05-03 20:43:07

I have a hard time deciding if I need something or do I want something. This decision can affect life and the environment around you. Asking yourself that question can help improve and make the environment look more positive. Also, ask yourself "how will this affect the environment." These simple decisions and questions can save our environment if we all participate. Some examples of how I can help the environment is when I go to the grocery store or a clothing store like Urban Outfitters I can ask myself "do I need this, or do I want this." This can also often occur when people referring to teenagers who shop for fast-fasion. Instead of shopping for cheap fast fashion, we should think to ourselves and buy more affordable and better items for our environment. This can cause people's carbon footprints to be higher. Now that I know my carbon footprint, I will proceed to better myself and remember "what can I do to make the environment better."

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lamaBOD   2021-05-03 18:13:06 (Last post: 2021-05-03 18:28:22)
How Apple's Business Model Reflects the Cons of Capitalism

While there are many benefits of the capitalist society we live in such as innovation, range of products for consumers to choose from, incentive to work, and efficiency of markets, capitalism is like a double edged sword. On the flip side of the coin, capitalism has become a driving factor in many of our environmental problems. Capitalism provides individuals with competition: companies are always competing to get out their newest and most advanced version of their product out onto the market. The consequences of this is that this gives consumers the urge to purchase the latest item on the market. For example Apple. Apple’s products reveal the pattern and business model the company uses to make their sales. For example when they removed the headphone jack, they immediately offered airpods as a solution. Because this would be a new feature for their newest phone, it therefore increased sales in their new product, the airpods. This pattern is seen again when they revealed they would remove the beloved home button and be replaced with the new feature of face ID that was promised for new phones. This would effectively increase sales in the new phone models. Just recently it was revealed that Apple would be removing the charging port. This has caused many to wonder why, since it’s the most vital aspect of maintaining your device. The catch is that Apple will be releasing a new wireless charging system. With the hype that the media gives Apple, many people will want the new iPhone. Which begs the question, how many people really need the new iPhone? Studies reveal that Apple’s hazardous waste has doubled in the past few years. This means a lot for the consumers, who must realize that you don’t always need the newest model. Consumers must consider this: do you want it, or do you NEED it?

https://globuswarwick.com/2021/01/21/th … -of-apple/
https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/10 … e-consumer

GBOD   2021-05-03 18:28:22

Thank you for bringing that up because that hasn't been really talked about much. Which is weird because e-waste can cause severe environmental effects if not disposed of correct. For instance, because of the chemicals and foreign materials housed inside of our electronics they can intoxicate the air and soil cause permanent damage to the environment. But it doesn't end there majority of the time if the electronic is/was made of metal they usually smelt the metal and reuse it for another product. The bad part about this is a majority of smelting facilities use fossil fuels.
https://elytus.com/blog/e-waste-and-its … nment.html
https://globuswarwick.com/2021/01/21/th … -of-apple/

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kacoBOD   2021-05-03 11:42:08
Wants or Needs (KMC)

It can be very hard, or easy to confuse a want and a need. For example, in your meal there needs to be fruit, grains, vegetables, and proteins. This is the recommended meal that we should eat 3x a day to remain healthy, but do many people really do this all the time? No, sometimes you want that fast food meal, dessert for breakfast, or junk food before an actual meal. This is an example of an obvious want. A slightly confusing want though can be taking an hour long shower without turning off the water when not using it on a regular basis to feel extra clean, rather than A 15 minute one has the same effect as an hour long one. It is a little understandable when you are washing your hair though. Another confusing want is technology, which in this day in age is a necessity to a certain point due to the world changing from its man made ways. The main focus on why it's bad is because of the way it is disposed of and how it can cause human health problems which makes the world worse. Elaborating on the human health problems, it can make someone's health worse and possibly to the extreme which will cause medical health. The more machines that we use to help these people which are made in factories can release more bad toxins into the atmosphere. In the end when making certain decisions come to the understanding of if it is a need or want.

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bemaBOD   2021-05-02 15:56:37
Being comfortable or saving the world...

Ways that I can can help to reduce my carbon footprint are by taking shorter showers, and stop buying things that I may not need. I've noticed at personally, but also as a society, we tend to buy and do things to make our lives easier, disregarding the effect it has on others and our environment.  Ways that I tend to disregard the earth are by taking longer showers just so that I can be more comfortable. I also drive places that I could easily walk to. By doing so I am creating more pollution and creating lazy habits. I will work to improve on my lazy habits and put more thought and consideration into my lifestyle choices.

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ramcBOD   2021-05-01 14:00:20 (Last post: 2021-05-02 13:37:33)
Do I even really want it?

While separating my wants and needs I find it helpful to really introspect on my taste and find out what I actually want enough to get. For example, I am really into fashion and enjoy buying and making new clothing, but usually have a pretty low budget, and am very wary of the harm overconsumption and fast fashion can do to the environment. Because of this before I shop online I make a list of the type of item I'd like to get so I don't get distracted and land on something that I don't actually want. After I decide on something I usually let it sit in my cart for a few days so I can find what I'd like to wear with it, and make sure I really want it. It helps me cut down on consumption and really apriciate it when I do get new clothes.

Norine   2021-05-02 13:37:33

I really like your solution of letting things sit in your cart for a while and thinking of what to wear with them before you buy them. It's important to give yourself some time to think about your purchases to limit impulse buying, and thinking about how it will go together with pieces you already have also helps your wardrobe fit together better.

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lena64   2021-04-26 11:30:00 (Last post: 2021-05-02 13:17:01)
Wants or Needs?

Before we purchase an item we must take some time to think about whether the item is necessary or whether we just like the thought of owning it smile

DobaBOD   2021-04-29 11:39:58

This is very true. We must take time to think if the item we’re buying is an item that we MUST buy. I think the reason people don’t already do this is because of all of the emotions they may have felt that morning, or that week, or that month; that make them think this item will make them feel better. Whether consciously or subconsciously, it’s a coping mechanism most people don’t realize is happening. We must find different ways to relax our mind and emotions and think about how our decisions will effect our planet and ourselves in general.

owmeBOD   2021-05-02 13:17:01

I agree with the comment above because it explains how emotions can get the best of us and can cloud out judgment. Just between Thanksgiving and New years, Americans produce about ten million tons of trash per week. Things like Christmas cards and packages are sent around the world adding to our landfills. Especially during the pandemic, there has been an increased number of impulse online purchases, that people thought would make them feel better. The amount of waste that is being produced is significantly higher than in the past.  If we want to be able to keep the environment that has kept us alive, we have to start thinking more about what we are buying and why we are buying it.  If we keep on the path that we are on now, we will end up destroying what we have worked so hard to create.

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hsBOD   2021-05-01 13:09:40
Wants or needs

I feel that a lot of people have lost the ability to distinguish the difference between a want and a need or ignore it and I have done this as well. Some of the things that we think are needs are actually wants such as a phone. When we buy things that we want and do not limit what wants we buy, we can contribute to climate change in several ways. The first is think about the gas you used driving to and from the store. The second way is the packaging that you bought it in could not be friendly to the environment. These are just some of the ways that just buying un-needed things can contribute negatively to the world including climate change. Another way we buy un-needed things is through online shopping and here some stats, "Amazon ships approximately 1.6 million packages a day. That works out to more than 66 thousand orders per hour, and 18.5 orders per second."Think about the electricity that is used to process these 1.6 million packages a day. Not to mention the airplanes, boats, and cars used to ship these packages. These are just a few ways that our habits of buying un-needed things can affect the world including climate change. You may be wondering "these are super small, how do I make any change because these are so small" A lot of these things add up and play a much larger part in the world today. One last point that I would like to make is to look into the companies you buy these un-needed things from. Some companies are un-ethical and invest in oil which contributes to climate change. I am not saying that you should never buy wants, we just need to limit what un-needed things we buy as well as look into the company.

Amazon stats
https://landingcube.com/amazon-statisti … r%20second.

I also found this interesting and helpful
https://dspace.library.uu.nl/bitstream/ … sAllowed=y

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Katedutton   2021-04-28 21:23:44 (Last post: 2021-04-30 11:48:55)
Want or Need?

when you are considering buying something, think to yourself, "do I really need this? could I live without it? what does this do to the climate?"

Jeannette   2021-04-30 06:01:00

I totally agree with you, I think we should always think about the consequences before buying anything. Moreover, having many many objects that don't serve won't make you happier. We should only buy useful objects or objects that really make us happier and not a superficial happiness. We should not buy objects just to buy them.

hastBOD   2021-04-30 11:48:55

To add on, I think we need to be more cautious about what brands we are buying from because a lot of companies test their products out on animals and have packaging that is not good for our environment. I know that sometimes we are put in situations where the only option is non environmentally friendly products, which is ok every now and then, but referring back to what you said, we have to limit the number of times we let that happen by asking ourselves "Do I need this? How will it affect the environment?". According to the website Cruelty-Free Kitty, several brands such as L'Orel, MAC, Maybelline, and Nars still test their products on animals. As a community trying to work towards a better environment, we all need to be more cautious about what brands we are buying from and how often we do so.

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