Sustainability is linked by the society, environment and the economy

It is the way of our society to live a consumerism lifestyle which entails people constantly buying products. This lifestyle is partly driven by businesses which market their products to convince people they actually need their products as well as by planned obsolescence – the policy that products are manufactured to become obsolete either by becoming unfashionable or losing function. The perfect example is the light bulb which typically lasts about 2 years but can potentially last for ever.  These products have most likely had some impact on the environment whether it be through the extraction of fossil fuels, pollution caused by the factory or transport of the product. This process of consumerism does have a positive impact on economical growth which is generated by employment and sales of products as the economy is virtually built on consumerism. However, since consumerism is not sustainable in itself, it cannot sustain the economy eternally.

http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/environment/sustainable-development_9789264055742-en#page1

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