Articles about Consumerism
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UK's First 'Share Shop' Opens for business
A new kind of shop is aiming to transform the future of retail by lending rather than selling items and fostering more meaningful connections with the things we use
A Simple Guide to 10 Personal Care Products You Can Make at Home
You can make everything from Deodorant to Sunscreen using Coconut Oil as the main ingredient. We have compiled ten different recipes in this Infographic as a guide for homemade...
Pope Francis: The Earth, Our Home, Is Beginning To Look Like An Immense Pile of Filth
An extract from Pope Francis’s 180 page encyclical on climate change, the environment and inequality
The Food Waste Fiasco: You Have to See It to Believe it
You may have already heard a few appalling facts about food waste but just in case you haven’t, here are a few tidbits of information to catch you up on the issue. - We throw...
The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things
You don't have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.
How Companies Make Us Forget We Need to Consume Less to Stop Climate Change
We will have to consume less, not more, if we are serious about tackling climate change. So how do businesses like Coca-Cola lure us into forgetting that inconvenient...
Comic Relief Is a Bad Joke - Make Charity history!
There are many institutions in our culture and society that, for me, highlight the depth of our dysfunctionality and despair. Such institutions express the shocking degree to...
The Case For A 21-Hour Work Week
To save the world—or really to even just make our personal lives better—we will need to work less.
Forget Shorter Showers: Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change
Would any sane PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping...
The Psychological Case Against Materialism
Love of stuff will make you unhappy: You know this, and in case you forget, there is probably, somewhere, some version of A Christmas Carol playing on television right now to...
Making/Selling Christmas: Where Your Baubles, Tinsel, Santa Hats and LED Reindeer Come From
Just so you know: Those trinkets of Christmas proclaimed to bring joy to the world - wreaths, lights, stockings, mistletoe, shiny stars and snowflakes and other glittering...
How To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse
The zombie apocalypse, of course, is a metaphor. It’s an allegory for the extremely unstable world we are living in at the moment. Quite a bummer huh?  This is not about ‘real...
A polemic against crap music
A Polemic Against Crap Music   My Journey home When I finished work this evening the first thing I did was put some music on. I was the last one leaving the office so I...
You’ve Heard of Ello, but Have You Heard of Diaspora*?
You’ve heard of Ello, but have you heard of Diaspora*? There’s been a hell of a hullaballoo this last week about the newly public social media platform, Ello. If you’re not...
Commercialisation: The Antithesis of Sharing
The danger is not commercialisation per se but our constant identification with its inner and outer manifestation, in which humanity’s intelligence is led in the opposite...
How To Bore The Children
Here is how to make a child bored: first and foremost, keep him indoors so that the infinitude of nature, its endless variation and chaotic messiness is replaced by a finite...
Brilliant Comic of Banksy's Call To Arms Against Advertisers
Banksy is an anoynomous English street artist and activist who has become a cult hero for his anti-establishment and rebellious artwork.
Everything You Need to Know About Food Waste... In 11 Short Films
1 in 7 Americans are food insecure, which means they are often hungry with no food to eat, yet we produce enough food to feed every American two times over. That’s about $165...
Sizing up the Tiny House Movement
A growing number of people are choosing to shun the conventional option of a foundation, mortgage and spare room in favour of a house the size of the average suburban garage...
Buddhist Economics: How to Stop Prioritizing Consumption Over People and Creative Activity
“Work and leisure are complementary parts of the same living process and cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the bliss of leisure.” Much has been said...
How Money Shapes the World...
“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. They are not dependent on us. We are dependent on them. They are not an interruption in our work. They are the...
Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week's Worth of Their Trash
The United States has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day. That’s more...
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (By Charles Eisenstein): A Review
The reader should be aware that this is not your typical review. As a world-weary academic, disillusioned by the failed promises of the ivory tower and its pretensions to...
Why We Couldn't Care Less about the Natural World
That didn't take long. The public interest in the state of the natural world stimulated by the winter floods receded almost as quickly as the waters did.
Why Do So Many People Get Lost in Drugs Instead of Making a Life That You Don't Need to Escape From?
Many of us, perhaps most of us, all do some form of drug. When our drug of choice isn’t marijuana it’s usually alcohol. And when it’s not either of those the national standard...
One Rolex Short of Contentment
That they are crass, brash and trashy goes without saying. But there is something in the pictures posted on Rich Kids of Instagram (and highlighted by the Guardian last...
The New Materialism: Inviting People to Fall in Love with Stuff in a Good Way
Ruth Potts is the co-author, with Andrew Simms, of a pamphlet called The New Materialism, founder of Bread, Print and Roses, and organiser of the recent 'Festival of Making'...
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
Your Half-Eaten Sandwich's Dirty Secret
Food waste is killing the planet. Here's how.  
The Brief, Tragic Reign of Consumerism-and the Birth of a Happy Alternative
You and I consume; we are consumers. The global economy is set up to enable us to do what we innately want to do—buy, use, discard, and buy some more. If we do our job...
Is Our Addiction to Fast Fashion Just Another Form of Terrorism?
As the death toll in the Rana Plaza building collapse outside the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka climbs past 400, the kinship between our purchasing decisions and the loss of...
Please Get My Kids Nothing for Christmas
Dear family and friends, I hope this Black Friday finds you well. I also hope this reaches you before you head for the mall … I’m writing to send a heartfelt thanks for all...
Grocery Chain Figures Out How to Stop Wasting Food
40 percent of the food we produce in the United States goes uneaten. No matter how local or organic it is, if nearly half our edible food is ending up in the garbage, we’re not...
Black Friday Is Buy Nothing Day: Here Are 10 Films to Inspire a Joyous Shopping-Free Holiday
Since 1997, the biggest shopping day of the year in North America has also been known as Buy Nothing Day - a playful protest against the cultural and commercial pressures that...
8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance
Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young...
Dumpster diver says: Trader Joe’s must stop wasting food
For many years now, I have fed my family food from the dumpster. It’s not because I can’t afford to shop at grocery stores like other, normal folks. It’s because supermarkets...
Huffington’s Plunder
I was in New York City on Thursday night at the Brecht Forum to discuss with the photographer Eugene Richards his powerful new book “War Is Personal” when I was approached...
Culture Jam: How to Reverse America's Suicidal Consumer Binge - And Why We Must
The book you're holding carries a message that your first instinct will be to distrust. That message is, We can change the world. It's risky these days to make such a promise...
The Tragedy Of The Mental Commons
Driving to the airport to pick up a friend, I stop at a red light. My eyes wander to a bus-stop bench across the intersection. 'Norma Whitfield - Your Real-Estate Connection.'...
Is Consumerism Killing Our Creativity?
Have you ever fallen into a black hole of comparison shopping? You’re looking for a new digital camera, for instance. You head over to Cnet.com and read some reviews of various...
What is the Carnivalesque Rebellion?
The Carnivalesque Rebellion is about to begin. From November 22nd to the 28th, culture jammers of all kinds – from artists to churchgoers, anarchists to carpenters – will...
The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space
Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and...