Negative effects of consumerism

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Number of consumers

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3,076,024,253

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The negative effects of consumerism include...
the depletion of natural resources and pollution of the Earth. If everyone lived like western consumers we would need up to 5 planets to support us. And the number of consumers is growing by the second.

Top 4 facts about consumers

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Challenges ahead

If everyone on earth lived like the average American we would need 4.6 planets to support us. 2.4 for Japanese and about 2.3 for Europeans. And the number of people in the consumer class is growing…


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More and more people are consuming the planet

The size of the “global middle class” will increase from 1.8 billion in 2009 to 3.2 billion by 2020 and 4.9 billion by 2030.


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Life cycle thinking

To improve our impact, we need to pay close attention to the full lifecycle of products. Not just the characteristics of the product but also the materials and production methods - and the kinds and types of wastes generated in the process.


4

We are all part of what is going on around the world

As globalization accelerates, we are increasingly relying on natural resources and ecosystem services all around the world to support our patterns of consumption. We are therefore part of a wide range of global challenges.



Consumers

We define the number of consumers as the number of people in the middle class. In 2009 the middle class included 1.8 billion people, with Europe (664 million), Asia (525 million) North America (338 million) accounting for the highest number of people belonging to this group.This expansion continues. The size of the “global middle class” will increase from 1.8 billion in 2009 to 3.2 billion by 2020 and 4.9 billion by 2030. The bulk of this growth will come from Asia: by 2030 Asia will represent 66% of the global middle-class population and 59% of middle-class consumption. A growing consumer class is very positive in the sense that it reflects that more people can enjoy the benefits of the consumer society. But it also creates additional pressure on natural resources.


Challenges ahead

More and more people are consuming the planet

  • OECD Observer: An emerging middle class
  • It is of course very positive that more people climb out of poverty and get an opportunity to improve their standard of living ! We just have to make sure that we make the necessary adjustments to our consumer society.

Life cycle thinking

We are all part of what is going on around the world

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