Emily Wilmot- Conspicuous Consumption leads to Conspicuous Waste

Posted: February 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

This week we discussed Veblen’s concepts of conspicuous consumption and conspicuous waste.  I decided to look a little bit further into these concepts and I found an article from Dubai titled, “Conspicuous Consumption leads to Conspicuous Waste.” As we know, conspicuous consumption is the purchasing of goods and services to display wealth, social status and economic class. Examples of conspicuous consumption include buying luxury vehicles, mansions or purchasing designer accessories. Although one may need a vehicle to get around, they buy BMW, Audi, Hummer, etc. to show their status instead of buying something that will simply get them from point A to B. Conspicuous waste is throwing things out unnecessarily. Essentially, you have so much that you can waste resources. Examples of this include throwing an article of clothing out after one use so you don’t have to wash it. Another example is having a party with so much food to show that you can afford and have the capabilities of brining in that much food even though you are fully aware that half of it will get thrown out. 

The article, “Conspicuous Consumption leads to Conspicuous Waste” discusses how due the access amount of waste dump sites are being closed down in Dubai because they are full. Most people that have money look for convenience and therefore do not care if they are wasting as long as they get rid of it. I think we should all make an effort to reduce waste and make the world a better place. When cleaning out our closets or deciding we no longer need an item, instead of throwing it out we should donate it to charity or people who are less fortunate than us. 


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