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.
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.
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.
Buy, buy, buy was a social directive after WWII.
Could spending money on goods and produced in the UK help bolster the crumbling economy?
To buy, or not to buy, that is the question many of us are currently wrestling with
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 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.
A religion of conspicuous consumption has replaced Christianity at the centre of Christmas – and it’s big business which will be most pleased of all.
Bad customer service is actually good for companies' bottom lines.
Consumerism reaches a frenzied peak as the holidays approach, but it's not too late to put on the brakes.
The meeting of canvas and rubber that began in the 1830s still inspires crowds to queue for the latest pair. Sneakers are now big business and high fashion.
The sale of women’s backpacks is up by more than 20 per cent in the past year: but why can't we just call it a backpack? Why does it have to be a 'lady backpack?'
InterContinental Hotels Group plans to switch miniature toiletries for bulk products, but it isn't likely to do as much for the environment as activists might think.
The number of Airbnb properties has exploded since its founding in 2008. A hospitality management expert looked at how this has hurt hotels.
It's natural to feel powerless against climate breakdown. But transforming pain into action can be infectious, and might just tip the balance towards a healthy climate.
JFK pushed consumer rights to the top of the national agenda in 1962, leading to a raft of new laws offering new protections. But without enforcement, such rights are meaningless.