When we consume for the sake of consuming, rather than being smart about how we do it, this is what we end up with:
This stuff never goes “away” – there is no away. It just goes somewhere else to become someone else’s problem for while, before it circles back around and ends up in your water, your soil, or your food. Everything is a circle when you are all living on the same planet. So when you buy products or pay for services, pay for the product that will last a while and for the service that will keep your items in good health. Pay a little extra for a desk made of real wood rather than MDF… an well-made energy-efficient appliance… someone to do the job right the first time. Your wallet, and the planet, will thank you.