Consumerism

The War on Waste Is Great, But Aren't We All Missing the Point?

Jen Gale | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Jen Gale

Yes, we need to recycle. We need big companies to be transparent about their sustainability credentials, and we need to challenge 'greenwash', but more importantly than that, we all need to be creating change ourselves. And that doesn't just mean sending an angry tweet or signing a petition. It means actual physical changes to our behaviours.

We Need to Harness Everyday Creativity to Create a Better Society

Jon Alexander | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jon Alexander

We need this in every business, every home, and every school, to shape a more active, purposeful and engaged society. And we're only going to need it more as the world changes - as robotisation advances, and as we approach the limits of our material culture and its insufficient answers to the challenges of both physical and mental wellbeing.

Predicting a Sugar Tax Blowback

James Cronin | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics
James Cronin

George Osborne pulled yet another budget-related rabbit from the famous red suitcase last month. After a cunicular living wage hike and stamp duty ref...

Why I Hate Mothers Day

Sarah Newton | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

Yesterday I woke up feeling alive and vibrant, it was another Sunday. I joyously jumped out of bed for my first cup of tea; I sat down and enjoyed a quiet moment of reflection before scrolling through my Facebook timeline.

Responsible Fashion: Top Five Topics of 2015

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

In an attempt to refine the information overload, I have picked the articles that I think are most engaging; voices that will both inspire and anger; brands worthy of attention; and concepts that will encourage reflection on this industry and how we interact with it. Here are the five topics that dominated the discussion:

Cashing on Fairy Dust

Lisa Ma | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Tech
Lisa Ma

Murmurs trending that the online market site, Taobao, is supported by these quiet female shopaholics as a form of activism. Whether or not we're being too quick to place political idealization on a opportunistic convergence of the times, Taobao's wealthy owner Jack Ma is now worshipped as a deity.

Out of Nothing, from a Frozen Land: Santa Claus and the Disaster of Unlimited Consumption

Kester Brewin | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK
Kester Brewin

This is the better meaning of Christmas: not that we receive from a supply that will never end, but that, in the dead of night, in acknowledgement of the limited resources that this world has, we recognise our common worth and equality and share what we have with those who have less.

Get Crafty With Consumerism This Christmas

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Megan Brownrigg

Thanks to organisations such as WIL Uganda, the Christmas message isn't forgotten and we can still play pass the parcel. In fact, sticking one sneaky sable under the tree could be your way to multiple women's hearts this December.

Black Friday? Or The Decline and Fall of Consumerism

Jon Alexander | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Jon Alexander

Black Friday 2015 is one more evidence point. Asda, the Walmart subsidiary who brought the phenomenon to our shores, are this year among those opting out.

Conscious Consumption - A New Trend?

Kylie Barton | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

Consumerism in that sense connotes material consumption. Consumption however, is also a word used to describe the act of eating and drinking. We are all consumers in that sense whether we choose to subscribe to the capitalist model of conspicuous consumption of superfluous material goods or not.

I'm a Brit Who WANTS to Queue

Gregor Jackson | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gregor Jackson

The importance of getting the consumer's heart racing; to experience, be entertained, to interact with their smartphones and to shop is a more important (and more exciting) opportunity and 'retail canvas' than ever before.

John Lewis - Is Huge Spend on Festive Advertising a Waste of Money?

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

The Christmas commercials have landed, and with them the moral outrage and corporate cynicism of the masses, not ironically in the lazy, easy-activism format of internet meme.

Flights of Fancy

Gregor Jackson | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gregor Jackson

Ok, I'm fortunate that work takes me to many countries, and a gold card (which I'd like to point out is always attached 'inside' my bag rather than displayed on the outside) brings perks, but I feel I cannot be alone in thinking or acting like this?

The Dubai 2015 Global Islamic Economy Summit - And What It Will Take to Become a Heavyweight Champion

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Success is what we achieve in our short lives, that leaves fingerprints and footsteps that enrich our fellow people, who will testify that we deserve peace for all eternity.

Bribery & Corruption

David C. M. Carter | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

Bribery and corruption - like beauty and so many other lofty moral issues and ideals - are always in the eye of the beholder. I recall in 1980 worki...

What Do Earth Day and Levi's Jeans Have in Common? Water Resource Sustainability and Consumer Responsibility

Rose Taylor | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

April 22nd is Earth Day. Maybe this means a lot to you, perhaps it doesn't. Maybe you want to help the environment but don't know where to start. Well, how about don't wash your jeans. Not on Earth Day, or the next day, or the next week or even the next month.

We Need More Than Products If We Want Systemic Social Change

Michael Zakaras | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
Michael Zakaras

The fact that three quarters of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck is more a result of a generation of stagnating wages accompanied by rising costs of everything from education to healthcare to home ownership.

What The Hell Happened to Children's Birthday Parties?

Rebeca Plantier | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rebeca Plantier

From pony rides to Olympian-hosted gymnastic extravaganzas, how have children's parties become about the "biggest", "best", and "most" rather than having good old-fashioned fun with the actual birthday kid?

Are the Greens Ready for Power?

Professor Tim Cooper | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Politics
Professor Tim Cooper

Back in the 1980s, the party proudly proclaimed that it offered a new direction in politics that was neither left not right. It should do so again. It needs to convince voters from all political backgrounds that its policies will improve their quality of life. If the Green Party only sells its message to the left, the Conservatives will be the winners.

An Open Letter to the Cast of 'Made in Chelsea'

Bex Felton | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bex Felton

It started as a guilty pleasure. A simple way to abdicate intellectual responsibility for an hour and look at attractive people talking about meaningless things, feeling smug about how great London looks and bathing in the extended idea that ALL our lives could actually be TV-ready with just a bit more editing and a more committed use of Instagram.

Thought You Bought Too Much Crap On Black Friday? These People Actually Did

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Preskey | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Did you come home with bags of worthless crap on Black Friday? At least you didn't buy a box of actual poo, like these 30,000 unfortunate shoppers. ...

The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime: Four Out of Five Animals Die in Transit

Mike Baker | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Mike Baker

With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.

Can I Be a Feminist and a Fashion-Lover?

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

Being a 21st Century feminist can come with many contradictions. I'm a feminist, but I love Gossip Girl, the main storyline of which is an essentially abusive relationship (Chuck and Blair). I'm a feminist, but I listen to Childish Gambino. I'm a feminist, but if I choose to get married, I want my father to walk me down the aisle.

Labour Isn't Green

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Most Labour supporters do have Green values, that why they are joining the Greens in their thousands... As the neverending grinding austerity of Labour pulls us further down the road to less equality and mindless consumerism, it is easy to see that Labour is not and never will be, Green.

What the World's Greatest Ever Urban Migration Means for Consumers and Brands

Alexis Nasard | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK
Alexis Nasard

The numbers are often quoted, but still remain staggering. The United Nations predicts that today's global population of 7 billion is going to rise to roughly 9 billion by 2050. In 2010, 3.6 billion people lived in cities. Fast forward forty years, and this will rise to 6.3 billion, 70% of the world's population.