Importance Of Rubbish

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Register to read the introduction… This essay will explain how in fact rubbish does have value to lots of different people and business. There must have been certain factors for it to be considered ‘rubbish’ by the consumer. These can include it being seen as broken, old, not needed or simply not wanted anymore. Though there may be some truth behind certain items as being considered rubbish, such as broken and so on, that item can still have value to another. When talking about value it is important to note that it is a complex term with a variety of meanings, for example how useful something is or if its regarded as worthwhile, or to the point that value has been assigned to items by people that value them. In this essay we will be discussing a number of values rubbish can have, which can include aesthetic, intrinsic and economic …show more content…
An aesthetic value is what we consider to be attractive and beautiful, and this therefore increases the value of the item. A good example of this would be the art done by Tracey emin in ‘my bed’ (Making social lives, p131), the art was an unmade bed surrounded by empty bottles and fag butts, many would not look twice at such a photo, however some would value it as artwork. When there is an increase in aesthetic value, there tends to be an increase in economic value. In both economic and aesthetic values items are constantly being processed by social revaluation and …show more content…
In turn this then means that the item might not hold any economic or aesthetic value, but it does hold an intrinsic value to the person who owns the item. For example, a person might own a dirty, old, worthless teddy bear that at glance has no value when it comes to money or attractiveness, but this teddy might have an intrinsic value to the owner that they regard as highly valuable for such reasons as sentimental value or personal value. This shows that what might be seen as one persons rubbish might be one person’s treasure, and though we might analysis something as being worthless in both aesthetic and economic value, it can hold a completely different value in intrinsic value altogether. This highlights the point how value can hold many different meanings and that what may first seem a simple definition, is not the

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