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excessive: Exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.

consumption: The act of consuming something.

consumerism: A materialistic attachment to possessions

consumer: One who, or that which, consumes.

planned obsolescence: A manufacturing decision by a company to make consumer products in such a way that they become out-of-date or useless within a known period.

urbanization: the change in a country or region when its population migrates from rural to urban areas

sustainability: a means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, planning and acti

biodegradable: capable of being decomposed by biological activity, especially by microorganisms

landfill: A site at which refuse is buried under layers of earth.

working class: The social class of those who perform physical work for a living, as opposed to the professional or middle class, the upper class, or others.

disposable society: A human society strongly influenced by consumerism.This term describes a critical view of over-consumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items.

industrial revolution: The major technological,socioeconomic and cultural change in the late 18th and early 19th century resulting from the replacement of an economy based on manual labour to one dominated by industry and machine manufacture.

monotonous: tedious, repetitious or lacking in variety

agrarian: of, or relating to, the ownership, tenure and cultivation of land

green: A member of a green party;an environmentalist.

carbon footprint: A measure of the amount of carbon dioxide produced by a person, organization or state in a given time

downcycling: The process of converting waste materials or useless porducts of better quality and reduced functionality

upcycling: is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value

recycling: The practice of sorting and collecting waste materials for new use.

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