Consumerism

What I've Learnt From Selling Almost Everything

Gee Elliott | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gee Elliott

Last year I realised that life is too short not to be doing something that you're passionate about and so with that I left a flourishing career in venture capital to move out to Uganda, East Africa. Rather than packing up my belongings and spending a fortune on storage I decided to sell everything instead.

The Je Ne Sais Quoi Of The Christmas Jumper

Xavier White | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Style
Xavier White

Acknowledging the design of the Christmas jumper creates a shared experience of festive consumerism, allowing the jumper to supersede the material and enter the intangible and quasi-sanctified realm of celebration. This new hyperreality is a joyous state that plain knitwear is simply incapable of rendering.

The Environmental Impact Of Clothing

Sam Williams | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Style
Sam Williams

Christmas is approaching fast, the high streets are alive with shoppers, and presents are mounting up ready to be wrapped. Among the most popular of gifts are clothes; after all, we love to look good. But, do we really need them?

Benefits Of A Secular Christmas

Arthur Peirce | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Christmas does indeed get the greater share of focus, and I have focused on it primarily due to my background, my grandfather was an Anglican Vicar and my primary school was Church of England, so I can't help but associate this period with the Christian church which is my own failing.

A Consumerist's Christmas

Sam Williams | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

It's that time of year again. The mountain at the back of the house is powdered with snow, and silence fills the village. My grandparents are in the k...

How I Hygge-Up My Health

Kat Farrants | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Farrants

As Autumn descends, going hygge in everything we do seems like such a good idea. I'm wondering how the health and wellness industry will take on such a sensibly happiness-inducing concept in an industry that often seems to thrive on more than healthy amounts of self-hatred.

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 18.01.2017 | 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 13.12.2016 | 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 11.12.2016 | 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 07.12.2016 | 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 26.11.2016 | 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 22.11.2016 | 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 18.11.2016 | 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 10.11.2016 | 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 17.09.2016 | 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 07.10.2016 | 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.