…and in the consumers’ society

A big change took place in the second half of the XIX century. With the Industrial Revolution an intensive exploitation of the resources began. Industries started the mass production of items, that were more economical than those made by craftsmen and therefore more accessible to all. Soon humans passed from a frugal and semi-agricultural society, to an industrial consumer society, that adopted disposable objects as their style of life. Since some decades, objects are no longer repaired, nor are they reutilized as they can easily be replaced by other new ones. The result has been an excessive production of waste in relation to the planet’s capacity to dispose of it, thus becoming the negative symbol of riches and wellbeing. With the industrial era also the kind of waste changed. Besides the increase of glass, metal and organic wastes, new materials, as for example plastic, have appeared, and as these are not biodegradable, they remain in the environment for a very long time.

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