consumption issues

i came across this and it points out areas where our could problem lie: (http://www.greenbang.com/2010-world-eco-debt-arrives-early_15050.html)

“The problem is not just one of overconsumption, but pointless consumption. Last year, for example, the UK exported 131,000 tonnes of chewing gum to Spain and imported 125,00 tonnes back again; exported 3,300 tonnes of soft toys to New Zealand, and then imported 2,400 tonnes back again; and exported 43,000 tonnes of toffee to France while at the same time importing 39,000 tonnes from the French.”

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