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Outsmart Waste by Tom Szaky

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Conclusion

Waste Is Over! (If You Want It)

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Disposable goods are cheap to purchase, even cheaper to manufacture, and relatively inexpensive to burn or bury when we’re finished with them. If we lived on a planet with infinite space and raw materials, and if economic metrics were the only ones that really mattered in judging the health and the happiness of a species and our planet, a disposable consumer culture just may work. We could extract infinite fossil fuels to make infinite, disposable plastic products to eventually bury in our infinitely expanding landfills, and no harm would be ...

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