Studio Ghibli films are replete with artistry depicting different aspects of nature.
Films like Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro and Nausicaä created by Hayao Miyazaki explore the perils of neglecting nature.
‘Fashion fasts’ are a great way of challenging fast fashion by helping us question how many clothes we really need and reducing fashion consumption.
Many current consumer options are environmentally damaging.
Research shows people want government to restrict excess consumption through regulations, not just to rely on citizens to make better choices.
The original Japanese packaging emphasized English characters over Japanese ones.
See a package of Cup Noodles and you might think of dorm rooms and cheap calories. But there was a time when eating out of Cup Noodle’s iconic packaging exuded cosmopolitanism.
Black Friday traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas retail season.
It’s hypocritical for retailers to make carbon pledges with one hand and continue pushing consumerism with the other.
We discovered that the 12 largest petrochemical companies announced 88 new projects between 2012 and 2019: new and expanded facilities that will likely operate for decades, ramping up carbon emissions.
Global plastic supply chains have been altered by COVID-19.
The problem of increasing plastic waste has been exacerbated by the pandemic, requiring better regulation and monitoring to solve.
A protestor holds a banner at the Fridays for Future march in New Delhi on Sept. 24, 2021.
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Instead of making symbolic gestures, Indians need to pressure the government to establish effective environmental policies and programs.
Plastic pollution is one of the defining problems of our century.
Making environmentally friendly choices is complex: here’s a guide to help you at home or out shopping.
We unthinkingly defend a consumerist worldview when confronted with evidence of environmental threats such as climate change.
Hearing about climate change prompts people to buy more stuff, which increases their environmental footprint. Rituals that inspire gratitude for nature can help reduce the desire to over-consume.
Environmentalism is, for the most part, the domain of the white middle class. We must recognise the contributions migrants already make, and how their power can be further harnessed.
Will the pandemic influence schools’ return to practical skills traditionally gained through home economics?
Some designers, makers and consumers are imploring us not to stop sewing after the pandemic because of the potential for utilitarian, psychological and environmental benefits.
Scandinavian companies use the “hygge”, a cultural concept describing comfortable and warm interiors, as a selling point.
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.
The U.S. spends the most money on advertising in the world. Marketing and advertising spending in 2020 is projected to reach nearly $390 billion.
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Buy, buy, buy was a social directive after WWII.
Could spending money on goods and produced in the UK help bolster the crumbling economy?
Online shopping for non-essentials during lockdown comes with many ethical considerations, including the working conditions of those who handle the goods.
To buy, or not to buy, that is the question many of us are currently wrestling with
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The long history of racist beauty standards alone cannot explain the ongoing global use of harmful skin lighteners.
Some people might think it’s a ridiculous conversation, but for the sake of the planet we need to talk about ending capitalism.
The outdoor clothing retailer Patagonia encourages customers to co-create value through repair workshops, clothing swaps, and more.
The social and environmental costs of rampant consumerism are becoming ever clearer, and we’re all encouraged to use less and recycle more, but how can we shift more sustainable model?
Gender stereotyping might be funny, but it’s no joke. A public health professor explains why she took action against everyday sexism when she heard it in a radio advert.