Beyond the "Throw-Away Society"

Various initiatives on the theme of reduce, reuse, and recycle (the 3Rs) have been promoted in Japan since the government enacted recycling-related legislation a few years ago. But has society been able to move beyond mass production and mass consumption? Has the volume of waste actually dropped? Friends of the Earth Japan, in partnership with consumers, has called upon governments and businesses to emphasize systems for the first two Rs (reduce and reuse) in order to minimize our environmental footprint and the consumption of the Earth’s resources.