Jessie Nichols- Opposite of Conspicuous Waste

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today in lecture we discussed the term “conspicuous waste.”  This term has to do with unnecessary wasting of expensive products.  It is done by wealthy people and doesn’t effect them because they know that they can just go out and purchase new products to replace the ones they just wasted.  After hearing this term I thought about the show “Extreme Cheapskates.”  The people in this show are the exact opposite of people those who are considered conspicuous wasters because they go out of their way to find products that have been wasted by others and to put them to use.  In lecture we discussed the way that food is often wasted at things like buffets and all inclusive resorts.  If you have ever seen “Extreme Cheapskates” then you know that the people on that show often look through garbages in order to find food that has been wasted that they then cook for themselves and their families.  They also find other items in the trash like furniture which they then use in their homes.  I guess that this relates to the quote “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Here is an example from the show:

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Comments
  1. cs341blog says:

    Matt Douglas

    I think that conspicuous waste I relevant now more than ever. How many people act in a way that is so careless for the enviroment? I know I drink bottled water and then throw away the bottle even though it is just as good as another bottle that would be irresponsible to throw out.

    I think it is true that the way that food is often wasted at things like buffets and all inclusive resorts is excessive. It just seems that the process is so mindless and people dont consider how irresponsible and illogical a lot of the practices of waste are.

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