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The longer you hold off on using an everyday purchase, the more likely you are to preserve it untouched. kupicoo/E+ via Getty Images

Psychological ‘specialness spirals’ can make ordinary items feel like treasures – and may explain how clutter accumulates

Have you ever bought an item and then just not gotten around to using it because the time never felt right? New studies suggest an explanation for what researchers call nonconsumption.
Scandinavian companies use the “hygge”, a cultural concept describing comfortable and warm interiors, as a selling point. Pikrepo

Thai food, living ‘hygge'… What drives us to consume products from other cultures?

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 economic and health crisis we are experiencing will push luxury companies to reinvent themselves. Bertrand Guay/AFP

How the Covid-19 crisis could remodel the luxury industry

An acceleration of digital development, of the second-hand market and of concentration movements are notably to be expected in the sector.
Government negligence, rampant development and illegal land clearing spark wildfires in Indonesia that annually ravage thousands of acres of forest. AP Photo

Resource depletion is a serious problem, but ‘footprint’ estimates don’t tell us much about it

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.
Conspicuous consumption is one of the main ways that China-born migrants come to mirror Australian society. Nils Versemann/Shutterstock

Chinese migrants follow and add to Australian city dwellers’ giant ecological footprints

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.

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