Cul Geo Globalization and Geography

By Damian Fowler

Crest Toothpaste

Geography and globalization affect everyday life.
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What is globalization and geography?

Globalization is the world being connected where economy's and cultures can interact with each other on a global scale, greatly assisted by the recent advancement of technology. Geography is the natural features of the land, such as lakes and mountains.

Why do they matter?

Globalization and geography are connected. You can see people settled in good geographic places, and those places are now major trade areas because of the good geographical features in some cases and a lot of time because it has one of the most valuable resources; people.
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Density Map

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Distributing Centers

As you can see, the distributing centers are around major population areas, and those places are usually at the coast or if you could look closer near a river. You can also see almost all the toothpaste comes from the US, and other areas except for a bit in china are downstream, and the toothpaste is shipped to them.

Making the toothpaste

Toothpaste contains many ingredients, with the main ones being glycerin, hydrated silica, water, sorbitol and other ingredients depending on producer and type. Most, if not all, of the ingredients are made in the US and China. Some Ingredients mixed together with certain amounts of each material and it is cooked, then more ingredients are mixed again. They are rapidly put into tubes and then boxes and then weighed and they get shipped away.

The main manufacturing area in is Greensboro, NC

Because of globalization Crest has made toothpaste possible in many other countries that would normally use "bad" toothpaste or none at all. Toothpaste itself was influenced by many sources around the globe, and most cultures had their own "crappy" version of a toothpaste, and in the end countries got the best of all the versions and mixed them together to make a basic modern day toothpaste.
How Toothpaste Is Made

Enviomental Problems

Some of the crest toothpastes contain or used to contain plastic micro-beads that are not very biodegradable, which is very bad for the environment and are bad for the gums.

Technologial Problems

Not many people are required to make it, it's mostly done in factory's with many machines and the people just fix their mistakes or do some simple things that would be hard for the machine to do, like scrape of excess toothpaste off the mixer.

Cultural Problems

Islam is against a lot of the toothpaste types because it contains glycerin, which it usually made from pigs, slowing sale in the Middle East and North Africa a lot.

Economic Problems

Crest toothpaste is probably expensive in other countries because it was made in US, and the company had to pay for US labor and all the tariffs.

Solution to the Technology Problem

My solution to the technological problem is to get rid of some machines and have people package the boxes. It is very simple job and hard to get human error, and it might package faster then the robots with less error and if an error did happen it could be easily corrected.

Pro's of globalization

Pro's of globalization
  • Gives people in developing nations jobs
  • Developing nations can get better technology without having to research it
  • Cultures can interact with each other
  • Goods become cheaper due to increased supply

Con's of Globalization

Cons of Globalization

  • Some cultures are destroyed as more advanced consume them
  • Pandemics can happen much more easily and disease can spread around the world
  • Outsourcing gives jobs to one nation, but removes some from the other
  • The workers in developing nations work in bad conditions

How globalization relates to me

Globalization relates to me many ways. I will start off with that I am here because of Christoper Columbus looking for trade routes to India and the far east and found the Americas. Almost everything around me is a product of globalization, the keyboard and mouse I'm using were made in china, My underwear was made in Vietnam, and I recently finished reading The 3 Musketeers, a french book. Right now globalization is mostly good for me because I live in a first world countries, but one negative effect is less jobs for me because of outsourcing. There are endless benefits of living in a first world country because of globalization, such as . In 15 years life for me could be completely different due to geography and globalization. Globalization is causing global warming and tensions are high between some nations and they could ruin the world in the press of an button. The geography of the land might change significantly and people may have to move inland because of the water levels rising, especially islands and low paces like Florida because of global warming, which itself is a byproduct of globalization, as it uses many fossil fuels to ship supplies around the world and harvesting supplies is usually also very bad for environment. Daily life will probably be very different for me depending on what path the world goes on. If there was a nuclear war I probably wouldn't even be alive, If global warming was on the rise I might have to go a little inland, but there will be a lot of refugees from the coastal cities. I think my children's world will have a lot less work, because as technology advances it can do more, and it will eventually replace a lot of the manufacturing processes. There will probably be alot more natural energy technology because of the decline of fossil fuels and the technology will be much more advanced as more engineers and scientists come out of all counties because of globalization giving them access to them.