consumerism

Sweden Wants to Reduce Waste by Giving Tax Breaks for Repairs

Photo by Christopher Bulle Fix a faulty zipper? Or patch up a rip in a jacket? If you live in Sweden, these simple acts of repair could result in a lower tax bill. In a bid to reduce…

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Tom Ford is "Repulsed" by Our Consumer Culture—And His Contributions to It

“I struggle with the fact that I helped create this contemporary consumer culture. And at the same time, I’m repulsed by it, disturbed by it. The reality is we are all…

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Consumers Think Highly of Ethical Fashion, But Won't Pay More for It

Photo by Mike Petrucci/Unsplash Most people can appreciate the story behind an upcycled dress or a pair of fair-trade sneakers, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to pay…

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Americans Are Drowning in "Stuff" (And It's Stressing Us Out)

Photo by Artificial Photography/Unsplash Americans are drowning in more unnecessary “stuff” than ever before, and it’s literally making us sick. So concludes Buried:…

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Suzy Menkes: The Way People Buy Clothes Today is "Shameful"

“I am sorry to say that the fashion world has gone full circle over the last 100 years, if not perhaps 50 years. “Workplaces with tough conditions in developed countries…

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Americans Prefer Cheap Goods Over "Made in U.S.A."

Photo by Markus Spiske/Unsplash Can’t pass up a bargain? You’re not alone. Most Americans say they’d rather buy a lower-price product than shell out a premium for…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: We Must Shift From a "Thing-Oriented" Society

Photo by BokehStock/Shutterstock “We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and…

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"Willfully Ignorant" Consumers See Ethical Shoppers as Boring, Unfashionable

Photo by Tupungato/Shutterstock Those who can, do; those who can’t, mock? That’s the conclusion a team of Ohio State University researchers drew after questioning consumers…

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Mango's New Strategy: Make "Fast Fashion" Even Faster

Photo by TonyV3112/Shutterstock Just when you thought “fast fashion” couldn’t get any faster, Mango ups and decides it wants to leave its competition in the dust. In a…

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Patagonia's Jill Dumain: "People Need to Learn How to Buy Less"

An ad that Patagonia placed in the New York Times on Black Friday in 2011. “People need to learn how to buy less and companies need to learn how to be profitable in selling…

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5 Ways to be a Responsible Fashion Consumer

Photo by Shutterstock Roomful of clothes but nothing to wear? You’re hardly alone. The average U.K. household owns an average of £4,000 worth of clothes, 30 percent of which…

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Orsola de Castro: Wearing a Garment Just Once "Misses the Point"

“The concept of wearing something just once is sad. It indicates a lack of style, confidence, and it misses the point of what fashion is about. “Fashion is about loving…

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Meet Emily Spivack, Author of "Worn Stories," a Collection of Memories About Clothing

Photos by Ally Lindsay/Princeton Architectural Press Sentiment is a funny thing. What is it about the human condition that makes us attach such fervent significance to even the most…

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H&M CEO: Buying Less to Save the Planet Would Create "Social Catastrophe"

Karl-Johan Persson isn’t a fan of the “buy less” movement that’s beginning to take root. In fact, the H&M CEO warns that reducing consumer spending in the…

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Does Jaden Smith Really Own Just One Pair of Shoes?

Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images At the Roc Nation And Three Six Zero Pre-Grammy Brunch on Feb. 7, 2015. Photo by AKM-GSI/Just Jared Out and about in Calabasas, Calif. on Jan. 4,…

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Actor Will Smith's Son Jaden Owns One Pair of Shoes, Five Shirts

Photo by Debby Wong/Shutterstock “It’s such a strange thing. Jaden, my 16-year-old, he has one pair of shoes. He has three pairs of pants and he has five shirts. Total.…

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Materialism Makes You More Anxious, Depressed, Says Expert

Photo by Twin Design/Shutterstock.com An obsession with worldly goods is making us all more anxious and depressed—and TV and social media aren’t helping. In a release from the…

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Pope Francis to Shoppers: Purchasing is "Always a Moral Act"

Photo by Giulio Napolitano/Shutterstock “Together with the social responsibility of businesses, there is also the social responsibility of consumers. Every person ought to have…

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