The case against consumerism: Part 2.1 – Alternatives: Conscious consumerism

Recently more and more people are realising the destructive effects of consumerism, and seeking a way out of the materialistic lifestyle that defines modern industrialised societies. So what alternatives are there for those that want to fight back against consumerism and its negative effects? Breaking away from a materialistic way of living is not easy.  … Continue reading The case against consumerism: Part 2.1 – Alternatives: Conscious consumerism

The case against consumerism: Part 1 – The real cost of our everyday purchases

The 20th century saw the rise of modern day consumerism. Originating from the US, it quickly spread throughout the industrialised world. Essentially consumerism is a theory, which assumes that constantly increasing consumption of goods and services is a key condition for achieving growing levels of welfare (through economic growth). The more we spend, the bigger … Continue reading The case against consumerism: Part 1 – The real cost of our everyday purchases