An Analysis Of Edward Humes Garbology

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How many problems lurk behind our daily rituals and second nature behaviors? Edward Humes’ Garbology certainly has opened my eyes to a lot of issues that I was imperceptive to. Hume’s unveils the truth about how we as Americans live as serial wasters. We purchase heaps of items a year that we don’t keep long enough. Almost everything that we bring into our homes is over packaged, and it seems that with every generation a bizarre obsession with all things plastic flourishes. Overflowing landfills don’t even make their way to an after thought. What has surprised me the most is that we as a society have this insidious addiction to wasting, and we are oblivious about it. Our ignorance is taking a toll on our precious environment It is clear to …show more content…
Coming together to ensure we are taking the proper precautions to keep it safe for all its inhabitants should always be a top priority. We all have this vague understanding that we have environmental issues, but Humes’ brings it closer to our attention. “Each year hundreds of thousands of seabirds and marine life die from ingestible plastics mistaken for food” (Humes 235). Many of our everyday products contain minuscule fragments of plastic, like exfoliate washes. These fragments find their way in the ocean free for marine life to consume. Choosing ignorance on this problem is not wise. When you think about it this affects us as well some of those very same fish eating plastic, wind up on our families dinner plates. If we were more cautions of the products we buy this would not be an …show more content…
Everything from the kind of bathing wash we purchase to our ignorant mindsets plays a direct role in our wasteful habits. “ I believe that solution to our environmental problems starts at home” (Bea Johnson 280) I have concluded that the reason for our consecutive wasting is our fixation with convenience. It’s easier to buy goods already packaged instead of bringing our own containers and jars to markets; however we miss that it can be less expensive. “More than 10% of the cost of things lies in the packaging” (Humes 275). Tossing an empty soda can into the trash that’s closer feels more efficient than taking the extra time to recycle; nevertheless we don’t think about energy. “Recycling aluminum cans, for […] saves […] 96% of the energy needed to produce aluminum from bauxite”(Humes 260). In order to reverse our slothful minds, it is essential to think bigger picture. It is most certainly true that changing our wastefulness at first may be a challenge. At times it may seem like we are going out of our way. I like to compare it to eating organically, some may say organic groceries are far too expensive; though this may be true, it is worth it because it’s a life investment. Eating organic meals today will provide a stronger body tomorrow. The same can be said for being more waste conscious. This is an environmental investment. The small waste reduction of today will make our world brighter

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