Benchmark 8B
The Designed World: Materials and Manufacturing
Grades 6-8, page 190

Modern technology reduces manufacturing costs, produces more uniform products, and creates new synthetic materials that can help reduce the depletion of some natural resources.

NSES Content Standard F 
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Environmental quality
Grades 9-12, page 198
Many factors influence environmental quality. Factors that students might investigate include population growth, resource use, population distribution, overconsumption, the capacity of technology to solve problems, poverty, the role of economic, political, and religious views, and different ways humans view the earth.