Essay by bdavis252College, UndergraduateB, December 2014

download word file, 4 pages 0.0

Briana Davis


Engl.122-9253 m/w

19 November 2014

The Environmental Cultural Shift

Around the age of 8 months old children develop an understanding of object permanence; at a very young age the human brain recognizes that even though one may not see an object the object may still exist (McLeod). In other words, after this sensory development, children do not find peekaboo entertaining anymore. So if one throws a plastic water bottle away into the garbage, where it becomes out-of-site, people should retain the knowledge that the water bottle still does in fact exist. In a very infantile mindset people throw away their garbage without even a second thought and view their trash cans as a black hole in which the trash goes into and simply disappears. The problem of where to put the waste disappears so in turn 'throwing things away' becomes a thoughtless action. People may still retain the knowledge that the water bottle still exists but it has become very commonplace for people to think of trashcans as a black-hole in which the garbage goes into and simply disappears.

Society's must become more mindful of the impacts of every day consumption and disposal of our everyday habits which, at this current rate, cannot be sustained so it is our ethical duty to be more conscious about what we buy and dispose while attempting to recycle as much as possible even though there has already been some progress on that environmental sustainability front. It is absolutely pertinent that American main stream culture accepts this shift form consumerism because it is unsustainable to continue at this current rate.

We live in a consumerist society which is plagued by pretty but poorly made plastic products that reside on the market's shelves. The most deceiving part of these products is the...