Australian cities are world-leading – in the worst sense – for resource use and greenhouse emissions. China-born residents have embraced these consumption patterns, which is bad news for the planet.
Sears and other department stores not only changed how Americans consumed but altered the very nature of society and culture as well.
Despite the myth of consumption as an ethereal, wasting disease, the more prosaic truth is that the Brontës likely infected one another with tuberculosis.
August 1, 2018 is 'Earth Overshoot Day,' a date coined by the nonprofit Global Footprint Network to publicize overuse of Earth's resources. But their estimates actually understate the problem.
The Whole Earth Catalog was a blueprint for sustainability that envisioned humans living in balance with nature. Its creative spirit was welcomed in a year riven by war, assassinations and riots.
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.
Sugar taxes fail to tackle the root of the problem -- the production and marketing of foods that cause chronic disease.
Globally designed products which are then locally manufactured could lead to sustainable and inclusive forms of production and consumption.
Weather has an impact on the sales of certain products, and new research shows that timely adjustments in price and advertising can make it possible for firms to increase profits.
Most Americans cling to things with sentimental value that we no longer need. Taking pictures of these possessions may make it easier to give them away.
The climate crisis demands not only green technologies, but a completely different approach to economic development.
Avocado demand is driven not just by their supposed health benefits, but by their newness, exclusivity and symbolic, aspirational value to a burgeoning middle class.
Why do people choose to drop the spending and devote their time to another way of living?
The four scenarios in the WEF's 2017 food report paint a bleak picture. But there are better ways.
Information is assumed to be key to changing people's attitudes and behaviour. Sadly this isn't the case.
After Christmas, and the Boxing Day sales, it seems like a good time to ask: what is the purpose of all this consumption?
Research has yet to reveal why and how obesity rates have surged around the world in the past few decades.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday start the frenzy of Christmas spending. Don't let them lure you in with their deals.
To realise the benefit of the final phase of the demographic transition, South Africa needs to grow employment and improve the labour market prospects for its younger working-age population.
The world economy needs China, but Beijing has needs of its own. No wonder the leadership is putting so much effort into a year of negotiation.