The socialist traffic symbol Ampelmann, seen here in Berlin, constitutes an international brand empire. In the age of mass consumerism, what’s behind a nostalgia for socialist symbols and the sugarcoating of socialist regimes?
In the age of rampant consumerism, there is nonetheless an odd nostalgia for socialist regimes and symbols. What does it mean?
A man browsing the shoe department in a shopping centre. Can he really afford new shoes, and does he really need them?
Under some circumstances, people may feel wealthier than they actually are and this makes them psychologically more prone to increase their spending, as well as their borrowing.
A short history of Easter egg economics.
New technologies are invading fashion boutiques.
To survive the crisis, fashion companies are relying on new technologies. New players, new customer experience, big data – the whole sector is changing.
Queer Eye has made some strides. In this new version, the producers have addressed broader issues of gender, race, religion and politics than before. However, the show as before, showcases consumerism as the way to a better life.
The new Queer Eye has viewers hooked on its emotional ride through men's lives, aiming to embrace diversity and counter toxic masculinity. Yet its focus on consumerism threatens its lofty ideals.
Living alongside humans gets noisier all the time.
From the oil that makes your petrol, to car parts, to the groceries and other things in your weekly shop, retail consumerism is driving a boom in the amount of noise in the world's oceans.
The Choose Love pop-up store in London set up to help refugees.
Materialism has an ugly face but it is here to stay. Rather than focusing efforts to diminish it we should utilise materialism to benefit wider society.
If you find help messages from factory and delivery workers in your presents this season, how should you respond?
Simple living in a complex time – is a return to frugality the key to happiness?
William Isdale speaks with Emrys Westacott about how living simply can bring happiness in an increasingly complex world.
Closed on November 24.
On Black Friday, November 24, outdoor retailer REI will close its stores and urge customers to #OptOutside. But a historian calls this popular campaign light green environmentalism at best.
“That strange desire to spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need.”
A new book about what we consume and what it is doing to us raises lots of good points, but lacks a little on the ‘what is to be done’ question.
One happy customer.
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Why do so many people queue overnight (or longer) for an over-priced, at best incrementally-changed gadget?
Our behaviour is far more selfish than we might like to believe.
What if you had somewhere quick and easy to put food waste, instead of being blamed for wasting it?
New research shows most people try to shop and cook carefully – the real problem with food waste is infrastructure.
The infamous 1994 Wonderbra advert featuring Czech model Eva Herzigova.
The old adage that 'sex sells' is past its sell-by date, as consumers now sport a more socially-conscious mindset.
Firms like Apple inspire their customers to evangelize for their products.
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Firms like Apple are known to inspire cult-like devotion among consumers. But it's often less about the quality of the product and more about the emotional connection they create with their customers.
A prototype Amazon delivery drone.
Amazon.com and others are eager to fill the skies with drones delivering packages at all hours. Convenient, yes, but it could transform – and not in a good way – our ability to make informed choices.
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The Victorians had some interesting solutions to the problem of telling children where our stuff comes from.
A family catches Mardi Gras beads during the Krewe of Thoth parade down St. Charles Avenue in 2000.
Each Mardi Gras, 25 million pounds of beads hit the streets of New Orleans. One researcher went to the Chinese factories that make them – and spoke to the workers who believe the beads will be given to royalty.
Still marching …
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You may not be free but buying lots of stuff can create the illusion that you are.