PubHlth_Journal6 - Beth White PubHlth 160 My Body, My...

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Beth White PubHlth 160 – My Body, My Health March 11, 2011 Journal 6 Everywhere we go we are bombarded by advertisements telling us to get the newest version of something because it will totally make our lives better. In reality though, these newer and, supposedly better, versions of things we already have are just marketing ploys to get us to spend money. According to Annie Leonard in her article “The Story of Stuff”, Americans consume double what we did 50 years ago, our homes are double the size, yet our national happiness is declining. It peaked during the 1950s – the time when some of the modern things we all take for advantage were becoming more accessible to people, yet we were still firmly invested in the notion of quality family time. Everything we consume nowadays is ruining our environment. No matter how much companies say, “Look! We’re Green!” the fact remains that their primary goal is to make money – and if we as consumers think they are “green”, then we are more likely to spend our money on their products. This is best described by the term “Green-washing.” Green-washing, as defined
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