Unsustainable consumer behaviour: A cause to environmental cataclysm

The environment is an integral part of the lives of every living being on Earth, where we dwell upon the consumables provided by our planet. The term "consumerism" is used in several ways. In economics, it usually refers to a movement promoting the rights and safety of the consumer that arose in the early 1900s as people grew increasingly concerned about consumer safety and the toll taken on factory workers by manufacturing methods. Consumerism is the way one prioritizes one's material possession and when one consumes more than what they need.


The behavior is actually blurring the difference between wants and needs. It is very important that one looks into the consumeristic behavior as of what is the impact created by the consumer. It is very important to see that how over-consumption can lead to depletion of these natural resources unless alternative sources are used. One’s decisions make count in the effort of sustainability of our environment. The modern economy thrives on the production and consumption of goods and services. The Higher amount of consumption will lead to the higher amount of production which requires a larger amount of energy and materials that lead to the release of a larger amount of waste products which in turn affects the environment. Increasing in extraction and exploitation of natural resources leads to accumulation of waste and increase in the concentration of pollutants which damages the environment and in the long run affects the economic activity.