By Joseph Murphy

Consumerism is more and more famous as an incredible drain on international assets and the hunt for sustainable intake is rising as a key coverage factor. this article locates the matter inside of a selected historical past and recruits expert reviews from numerous disciplines.

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The objective of the directive is to prevent or minimise air, water and soil pollution by emissions from industrial installations. The emphasis in the Directive is on the management of industrial processes themselves rather than associated wastes or the receiving environment. The legislation is designed to avoid the movement of waste from one media to another, something that in the past has been associated with media-specific approaches to industrial-environmential legislation. It also encourages (but does not require) the creation of a single pollution inspectorate with sole responsibility for implementation of environmental regulations.

As part of this programme of work the OECD is seeking to develop its [u]nderstanding of both the driving forces behind specific consumption patterns, and the implications of using different policy instruments to try to change them ... [s]tudies by the OECD and other institutions agree that, in many areas, innovative approaches to modifying consumer behaviour — particularly those which involve community and private sector stakeholders — can have positive environment, social and economic impacts (OECD 1997).

The inadequacies of using consumers, rather than the state, as change agents to force the production sphere to act with greater environmental responsibly are apparently becoming evident. The UK government's consultation paper observes [Consumers] need help to make choices. Existing consumer information could be improved: voluntary "green claims" are not always trusted, while official schemes, such as the European eco-label, have sometimes been slow to have an impact. In the short term, efforts may need to focus on simpler, standardised information on key products and key issues, such as energy consumption.

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