The New York Times recently posted "THIS ARTICLE" about societies (specifically Western) misuse of consumer materials.
If you don't follow the link this is the basic concept:
The above picture is a "salad shooter". The Chinese plastic manufacturer was astonished that this order was placed in the first place and appalled that the next shipment was 3 times the initial order quantity.
We design consumer products abundantly, we use a MASSIVE amount of resources creating them / shipping /disposing them.
Is it too late? Have we passed the point of no return? Are we reliant on these cheap (CHEAP-in price, not in conditional cost) disposable goods? What will it take to understand the implications of our decisions?