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Recycling is part of an insidious sleight of hand that reframed our growing waste problem as one not of corporate excess, but of irresponsible consumer choices and individual lifestyles

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  1. Autoxidation
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    The Intercept did a similar piece over the summer about the topic. I would highly recommend checking it out if you missed it.

    The Intercept did a similar piece over the summer about the topic. I would highly recommend checking it out if you missed it.

    11 votes
  2. [4]
    OswaldTheCatfish
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    The problem is that corporate excess is caused by individual excess. Without individuals consuming so much shit, corporations wouldnt be polluting as much. They dont pollute for the hell of it,...

    The problem is that corporate excess is caused by individual excess. Without individuals consuming so much shit, corporations wouldnt be polluting as much.
    They dont pollute for the hell of it, they do becasuse individual people demand cheap products.

    Ultimately the root cause of that excess is advertisements convincing people that they want shit they dont need. IMO a blanket ban on advertising would solve so many problems, but im not an economist, just some chucklefuck on the internet that really doesnt know what hes talking about.

    3 votes
    1. Gaywallet
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      Companies do it because they want to generate shareholder revenue and we don't have strong enough laws to protect against that. In many cases you can produce the same product for the same price...

      They dont pollute for the hell of it, they do becasuse individual people demand cheap products.

      Companies do it because they want to generate shareholder revenue and we don't have strong enough laws to protect against that. In many cases you can produce the same product for the same price with more a more sustainable model BUT the trade-off is that you make less profit.

      10 votes
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      thundergolfer
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      Haven't you just brought yourself full circle then? Corporate excess is the reason for the advertising.

      Ultimately the root cause of that excess is advertisements convincing people that they want shit they dont need.

      Haven't you just brought yourself full circle then? Corporate excess is the reason for the advertising.

      6 votes
      1. skybrian
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        Thinking of this in terms of a single "root cause" is simplistic. In some ways this is like blaming Las Vegas for gambling. They might encourage gambling, but gambling would certainly exist...

        Thinking of this in terms of a single "root cause" is simplistic. In some ways this is like blaming Las Vegas for gambling. They might encourage gambling, but gambling would certainly exist without them. People would still want marijuana without drug dealers. And they would still bake tasty treats and gain weight over the holidays without fast food restaurants.

        But it's fair to argue that many kinds of advertising are the opposite of a public service campaign - they encourage bad habits.

        5 votes