According to new research, the demand for products with cultural connotations can result from an appreciation of the culture in question, a desire for discovery... and its simple omnipresence.
'Nostalgic consumption' has been on the rise throughout lockdown bringing us the comfort and certainty of better times. But can we use it to build a more sustainable future?
It is easy for people in the industrialised world to blame population growth elsewhere for environmental damage. But increased consumption is just as important – if more confronting.
An acceleration of digital development, of the second-hand market and of concentration movements are notably to be expected in the sector.
We are addicted to consumption during these holidays, which leads to a massive amount of landfill waste. Giant retailers like Walmart could help the problem, but they haven't.
Many businesses are capitalising on the rise in experience-seeking with new and expensive ways to make memories -- and many of them are just as damaging for the planet as products.
Which candies count as candy in the eyes of the tax law? The answer often depends on one ingredient.
Putting all of our eggs in the net zero basket is merely kicking the can down the road.
July 29, 2019 is 'Earth Overshoot Day,' a date coined by the nonprofit Global Footprint Network to publicize overuse of Earth's resources. But their estimates may actually understate the problem.
New research indicates that rising temperatures can push those who prefer sweets to drink more sugary beverages, not water. This has significant implications for public-health policy.
The food system urgently needs to be redesigned if we are to avoid crisis.
Research shows that moving from a larger dwelling to a tiny home can change behavior in surprising ways.
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.