||The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (February 2013)
The throw-away society is a human society strongly influenced by consumerism. The term describes a critical view of overconsumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items.
Origin of the term 
In its August 1, 1955 issue, pp 43ff, Life magazine published an article titled "Throwaway Living".  This article has been cited as the source that first used the term "throw-away society". 
Rise of packaging waste 
Between the start of New York City waste collections in 1905 and 2005 there was a tenfold rise in "product waste" (packaging and old products), from 92 to 1,242 pounds per person per year. Containers and packaging now represent 32 percent of all municipal solid waste. Non-durable goods (products used less than three years) are 27 percent, and durable goods are 16 percent.
Food Waste 
In 2004, a University of Arizona study indicates that forty to fifty percent of all edible food never gets eaten. Every year $43 billion worth of edible food is estimated to be thrown away.
"Planned obsolescence" is a manufacturing philosophy developed in the 1920s and 1930s, when mass production became popular. The goal is to make a product or part that will fail, or become less desirable over time or after a certain amount of use. Vance Packard, author of The Waste Makers, book published in 1960, called this "the systematic attempt of business to make us wasteful, debt-ridden, permanently discontented individuals."
See also 
Notes and references 
- ^ http://blog.unstash.com/throw-away-living/
- ^ http://www.lifemagazineconnection.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1069
- ^ http://photo.pds.org:5012/cqresearcher/document.php?id=cqresrre2007121404
- ^ Products, Waste, And The End Of The Throwaway Society, Helen Spiegelman and Bill Sheehan, The Networker, http://www.sehn.org/Volume_10-2.html
- ^ "US wastes half its food". Retrieved 2007-10-01.