materialism

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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This Short Film Reveals What Happens to the Clothes We Throw Away

The women who work at a garment-recycling plant across the Indian border have little idea where all the clothes they’re tasked with ripping apart come from. They engineer their…

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How to be a Conscious Fashion Consumer: Advice From the Experts

Photo by Clark Street Mercantile/Unsplash Contrary to what Gwyneth Paltrow might have you think, you don’t need a bank account the size of Gringotts to be a conscious consumer.…

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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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ASK PATAGONIA: When Did Repair Become a Radical Act?

This holiday season, I have an early New Year’s resolution for the sake of Planet Earth: let’s all become radical environmentalists. This sounds like a big leap—but it’s not.…

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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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Author James Baldwin in 1970: "People Are Drowning in Things"

“I have never accepted the notion that you keep a Cadillac or a yacht or anything at all, except perhaps for convenience. “I have always had a quarrel with this country not…

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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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Twice as Many People Showed Up on Black Friday Than Midterm Elections

Photo by Shutterstock November was a win for American retail. For American democracy? Not so much. Only half the number of people who stormed brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday…

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