Every extracted resource, every manufactured item, every imported or exported item, every recycled or dumped item, is a cost to the environment. A Book of matches or Mighty Machines, all real costs to our natural environment. To use resources for those purposes is a disrespect of caribou, common sence, and all of Nature.
Consider for a moment, if capitalism did not exsist, do you think all those people slaving up in Northern Canada at the jobs cutting trees, hauling millions of tons of dirt to extract ores and diamonds, or dirty oil, and produce items to fill up dumps, do you think they would do all this to past their lives away for foolishness, waste and garbage? We think not. But because the world is locked in a Capital System, people do all this work to make money to pay for the cost of making a living, and, trying to keep growing the 'economy' which is the opposite of the real meaning of economy.
So, a big transition must take place, capitalism is impossible. Most of the work done today is wasted work, consumming limited resources, under a Social Framework completely controled by Capitalism. It is failing everywhere, you might even say it has failed all, now that is gone, Capitalism Is Over, Declared Offishery, Feb 14, 2017, by The Garden Party, Self Government Without Elections or Borders. Welcome to the shade,full employment immediately, now I ask you 'why do you want these trees cut down'?