Research shows that campaigns that try to make consumers feel guilty about the amount they waste often make things worse, not better. A new study poins the way to more effective anti-waste campaigns.
Consumerism is entering the playground and placing further pressure on already stretched parents.
When young adults create and share online content focused on consumer products, it can trigger a social comparison process that results in feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem.
In the age of rampant consumerism, there is nonetheless an odd nostalgia for socialist regimes and symbols. What does it mean?
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.
To survive the crisis, fashion companies are relying on new technologies. New players, new customer experience, big data – the whole sector is changing.
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.
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.
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?
William Isdale speaks with Emrys Westacott about how living simply can bring happiness in an increasingly complex world.
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.
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.
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.
New research shows most people try to shop and cook carefully – the real problem with food waste is infrastructure.
The old adage that 'sex sells' is past its sell-by date, as consumers now sport a more socially-conscious mindset.
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.
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.