Can We Cultivate Peace in our Emotionally Consumed Culture?

Elephant Journal

Was it really self-inflicted though, or was it because I was born into a culture that shoved unattainable images of perfection in my face that everyone else was able to achieve except for the deep thinking, authority questioning, unconventionally dressed, nature worshiping rebels like me? I can feel that years of self-pity have been not only useless and destructive but purely and undeniably selfish. What could I have done with all those hours of self-inflicted suffering?

Degrowth Provides Alternatives to Global Consumer Culture


If everyone lived like the average American, according to the Global Footprint Network, the Earth could sustain only 1.7 billion people—a quarter of today’s population—without undermining the planet’s physical and biological systems. Overconsumption in industrialized societies and among developing world elites causes lasting environmental and human impacts.


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Consumer Love.

Elephant Journal

Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) break up consumer culture dating ego boost online dating relationships social mediaWith so many individuals at our fingertips, have we come treat people as though they are disposable?

The Rise (& Fall?) Of Consumer Society in the Middle East

Green Prophet

When we think of consumerism and the consumer society, the Middle East is not the first thing to come to mind. Even so, over the last half a century the region has been transformed into a consumer society. Well for my Phd I want to Harvard in the US and whilst I was there I noticed a huge difference in the US consumer world compared to the Middle East and even Israel. These were developed during the oil boom which was a linchpin of the consumer society.

East Germans combating shortages of consumer goods

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) From October 10 to October 16, 2016 there was an exhibition in the museum of the city of Jena – Germany, formerly German Democratic Republic – about how the citizens of the German Democratic Republic, often referred to as (communist) East Germany were combating and overcoming the shortages in consumer goods with ingenuity and DIY. When then consumer goods were available, from various sources, many no longer wanted to be seen making their own things.

3 Things Mindfulness is Not. ~ Ruth Lera

Elephant Journal

As a culture we are having a collective remembering of the playfulness of mindfulness. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Health & Wellness Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) WAYLON: Today Only Yoga awareness consumer culture health wellness mindfulness spirituality

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A Diamond May Be Forever, but I Want Right Now: 5 Better Ways to Show Me Love.

Elephant Journal

Arts & Culture Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Ecofashion Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) Z ADMIN Love Featured Today advertisement conscious gifting consumer culture diamond forever love holiday materialismThe wide, open station is festooned with banners; diamond jewelry stares back at me from every available surface. The deluge of heavy-handed marketing is.

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Consumption in Dubai – Breathtaking Photos of Our Environmental Impact

Green Prophet

Consumption is Richard Allenby-Pratt’s latest personal photography project; like Abandoned , which was woven together by a central theme, this new series will examine the impact that consumer culture has had or is having on the environment. To be continued… Lifestyle & Culture consumer culture environmental art nature Photography Richard Allenby PrattRichard Allenby-Pratt’s popular Abandoned photo series still haunts us.

Mine Landfills, Not Asteroids!

Green Prophet

Not content to change our consumer culture , which has been vastly destructive not just to the planet , but also to our very social fabric, Google billionaires are supporting a hugely expensive scheme to pull asteroids into the moon’s orbit and mine them for gold, platinum, and other rare earth metals. Business & Politics asteroids consumer culture earth Google landfills mining Planetary Resources pollution resource extraction

Environmentalist Torn Between Red and Green on Valentine’s Day in Iraq

Green Prophet

It’s time for us to turn our backs on consumer culture and reclaim our hearts. :: Jordan Times. Lifestyle & Culture consumer culture environment green issues valentines dayIraqis are celebrating this Valentine’s Day with shelves full of red stuff, but Tafline questions whether this is love.

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How to Be More than a Mindful Consumer

The Green Changemakers

The story of a T-shirt not only gives us insight into the complexity of our relationship with even the simplest stuff; it also demonstrates why consumer activism—boycotting or avoiding products that don’t meet our personal standards for sustainability and fairness—will never be enough to bring about real and lasting change. That’s why striving to make responsible choices at the individual consumer level, while good, is just not enough.

Don’t Throw That Out! Reduce, Reuse, Repair!

Living Green & Saving Energy

But between the state of the economy and the growing awareness of the environmental costs of our consumer culture, more and more people are thinking twice before tossing that busted lawn mower or lamp into the garbage. Americans produce around 250 million tons of trash a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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What if We Lived Our Entire Life Like a Prayer?

Elephant Journal

It’s so easy to be swept away by the busyness and the consumer culture of Western society, always craving more, wanting more or wallowing in a feeling of not having, being or doing enough.

What’s the Connection Between Minimalism and Sustainability?


And, what’s more, even if they could, should a culture of consumerism be something countries aspire to cultivate? Consumer culture and the environment. According to one study, the products we consume are responsible for 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Since developed countries consume disproportionately to the rest of the world, those numbers will only continue to rise as consumption accelerates at home and worldwide.

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Be yourself and other bulls. ~ Karl Smith

Elephant Journal

It’s not really surprising that this advice is so prevalent in modern consumer culture. But its ubiquity in yoga culture is far more mysterious. All of the ancient yoga literature treats the self as a construct. It has no essence, no core or “true nature” to which one can turn to “be oneself.” The self is an illusion, and the point of practicing yoga is to see through that illusion to break free from that illusion. In short, yoga is about getting over your “self.”.

The great British make off: how a new materialism can give us back control

Green (Living) Review

A true march of the makers will turn the tables on our abusive consumer culture and deliver the richer relationship with ‘stuff’ that our economy is crying out for Materialism has become synonymous with consumerism – wasteful, debt-fuelled and ultimately unsatisfying.

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Why Unleashing the Beast Within is the Sanest Thing We Can Do.

Elephant Journal

It is pretty obvious if we take a close look at our consumer culture that depends on feelings of lack and depravity in order to illicit appropriate responses from customers. Somewhere along the way some creepy ape realized that if he instilled fear in another ape than he could mitigate his own life and experiences. This kind of behavior is rewarded and has been rewarded for eons.

Mehen – play board games like an ancient Egyptian

Green Prophet

We are revolting against technology overuse, promoter and consumer culture. It was the only multiplayer game known to Ancient Egypt. It’s called mehen and maybe possibly for the first time in 5000 years it is brought back to glory in a Kickstarter campaign by Pandora Games.

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The pathological consumption of the majority

Green (Living) Review

Researching her film The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered that of the materials flowing through the consumer economy, only 1% remain in use six months after sale. The growth of inequality that has accompanied the consumer boom ensures that the rising economic tide no longer lifts all boats, not that it ever really did. To some extent some of us are already doing it by moving away from the consumer culture and -society, by reusing, upcycling and by making do and mending.

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What Gardening Can Do for Us

Green (Living) Review

For now, the following is a brief musing on the gains I have gleaned so far: On Growing Food Growing food transforms us into producers — something we desperately need in a passive consumer culture where we have become an audience watching life rather than producers making it. It transforms our expectations and turns us into educated consumers who know the value of good, well-grown produce.

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Dutch Cafe Doubles as Community Repair Shop


Volunteers who are skilled craftsmen, seamstresses or enthusiasts help those who want to fix things but don’t know how, entending the life of household items and belongings and resisting the disposable consumer culture. DUTCH CAFE DOUBLES AS COMMUNITY REPAIR SHOP. By Emma Hutchings on March 22, 2012. in Share 8. A number of Repair Cafes are opening across The Netherlands, offering communal spaces for local people to build their skills and join together as a community.

Too Much Plastic? Bag it! A review by the Joy Trip Project

Wend Magazine

Several documentaries in recent years have made American consumers rethink the many products they purchase and… well… consume. The film Bag It , directed by Suzan Beraza , may very well prompt eco-minded consumers to make those changes permanent. From the ubiquitous throwaway shopping bag to bottled water and phthalate-laced children’s toys, Berrier leads a thoughtful journey into the many aspects of our consumer culture that are literally killing us.

Sustainable Happiness – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Already in the general introduction to the book the reader will be confronted with the origins of our consumer culture and how it was created and it may come as a surprise and even a shock to many how we are being duped into believing that we can buy ourselves happiness. Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sustainable Happiness : Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference Edited by Sarah van Gelder and the staff of YES!

The End of Plenty

Green (Living) Review

The plenty that I am talking about here is the plenty as in raw materials, as in non-renewable resources, as in “consumer goods”. It will also mean an end to the consumer society and the rampant consumerism that we know today where almost everything is made to be thrown away (only that there, actually, is no such place as away).

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Natural Shampoo in Refillable, Reusable Bottles: YES!

Eco Chic

We go to great lengths to tote and refill our re-usable water bottles everywhere, but why don’t most of us (ahem, me) re-think how we’re using and consuming shampoo, conditioner and body washes? I was pretty alarmed to learn that 80,000 plastic shampoo bottles wind up in the ocean every year and 300 million tons of plastic waste gets dumped into our landfill system.

David Thomas Smith “Google Maps” Your City As a Persian Rug

Green Prophet

According to CoCreate , Smith said the works are meant to reflect upon “global capitalism, transforming the aerial landscapes of sites associated with industries such as oil, precious metals, consumer culture information and excess.” ” “A true hyper-reality that needs no introduction: Las Vegas (Nevada) consumes so much water to support its increasingly thirsty population, that the mighty Colorado River barely reaches the sea.”

Good-lifers are Nazis

Green (Living) Review

This box is also reserved by the neoliberals for those that refuse to take part in the consumer culture and go different ways, including making (do) and mending, demanding the right to repair, sharing, and much more.

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Gulf Recycling Machines Convert Waste into Advertising Opportunity

Green Prophet

But Averda – informed by four decades of waste management and in-house research and development – has reached even further into the psyche of Emirate consumer culture by turning recycling into a golden advertising opportunity for the country’s big brands. These rewards earn consumers/recyclers points that can be redeemed at participating retailers.

Individual responsibility versus collective action: An examination of the impact of environmental advertising

Green Blog

Environmental advertising (or “green” advertising) assures consumers that they can evoke positive environmental change by adopting simple habits and by purchasing green goods provided by companies (Maniates, 2001). These include wearing clothing made from sustainable fibres, consuming local and organic food, purchasing hybrid cars or choosing cosmetics made with natural ingredients. Muldoon’s research draws on the concept of the citizen-consumer in the realm of environmentalism.

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Being Called a “Nice” Vegan in a Cruel World


When it happens, it happens like this: I’m in a car, or out having drinks, or eating a meal with an animal-consuming friend, when this comment finds its way into the conversation: “you’re such a nice vegan, not one of those crazy, judgmental ones!” Committing to a vegan lifestyle demands we examine our ethical principles whenever we eat a meal or snack, put clothing on our body, or decide as a consumer, what goods to purchase.

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Consumerism, a Serious Addiction

Green (Living) Review

Frugality seems to have gone out of the window and when people try to be frugal and live more or less outside the consumer culture they are being likened by governments to terrorists because they do not do their bit to get the economy growing. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Over the last half a century and a little more we, in the developed world, have fallen prey to a serious addiction, aside from that to oil, the addiction to consumerism, of always wanting more, more and still more.

We’re Number One!

Green Life Smart Life

As the first and last word in disposable consumer culture, America has enormous and deep-seated habits that it must change, and all of those changes can’t, won’t and shouldn’t happen overnight. I don’t view green as an absolutist philosophy. There are shades of green, and that’s good. It’s a process, and those leading the green charge must be encouraging to everyone who is trying to make small, positive changes in their lives and in their lifestyles.

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Wake Up to Blue Carbon

Nature Conservancy - Science

Depending on your politics, history, culture or geography, you may want to focus attention on over-consumption, or overpopulation, or the industrial revolution, big agriculture, fossil fuels or deforestation. We can’t halt the juggernaut of consumer culture. Climate change is a portfolio problem. There’s no one cause, but rather a calamitous portfolio.

State of the World 2010

The Green Changemakers

Free State of the World 2010 Downloads The Rise and Fall of Consumer Cultures by Erik Assadourian A culture of consumerism has imperiled the environment and a new culture of sustainability is needed. Media: Broadcasting Sustainability by Jonah Sachs, Susan Finkelpearl, Robin Anderson, Pamela Miller, and Amy Han By entertaining and educating, the media can play a huge role in changing the culture of consumerism.

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Creating a Roadmap for Environmentally Sustainable Meat Production and Consumption

The Green Changemakers

by Danielle Nierenberg Presenting a road map for environmentally sustainable meat production and consumption, Senior Researcher Danielle Nierenberg is speaking on a panel at the European Commission’s Green Week in Brussels today.

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Greener Gadgets Conference Tackles the Feasibility of Green Tech

Green Life Smart Life

The full day symposium has multiple purposes including understanding the environmental, business and social implications of “greening&# consumer electronics products tackling all elements from design to disposal. Griffith was surprised when in the tracking exercise found he was a “planet fucker&# when it was determined he consumed roughly 30% more energy than the average American - this despite his aware lifestyle and sustainable practices.

Beyond Consumerism: Replacing the Value of "More" with "Enough"

The Green Changemakers

In addition, plenty of powerful forces benefit from consumer spending, and they won''t give up their positions of power without a fight. It is important not to underestimate these entities and the often subtle methods they use to influence consumers. But bankers, advertisers, and manufacturers are simply responding to consumer demand (although they''re complicit in creating some of that demand).

China’s Cleanup

Eco Friendly Daily

Many American’s even feel recycling to be an unnecessary practice in such a large consumer culture, but in a nation where the ability to buy new items on a regular basis is not so manageable, recycling comes into fashion more and more. In fact, China is the world’s largest consumer of paper waste, recycling nearly 65 million metric tons and saving 54 million tons of wood from harvest.

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The Western Woman Will Save the World.

The Alien Next Door

and author of “Reclaiming Goddess Sexuality”) “Each stage of a woman’s life is organized around what Goddess Cultures called the blood mysteries: menarche, (the first monthly flow of blood); childbirth, which is accompanied by blood from birthing; and menopause, when a woman’s “wise blood” remains inside her to give her wisdom. The Alien Next Door Musings of Nina Munteanu, SF writer and Ecologist Monday, December 7, 2009 The Western Woman Will Save the World.

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Dumpster diving; 2009's fastest growing industry

Green (Living) Review

The mission, so to speak, of the Freegan and Dumpster Diving movement is that if you have a problem with the consumer culture in the our society then do all you can to stop participating in it. Freegans want to separate themselves from what they see as an unethical consumer society. It is an attempt to live in society and consume less and reuse more than most people do.

Plastic Bag Tax A Workable Solution

Eco Friendly Daily

billion plastic grocery bags used by the Irish consumer, which was intended to curb their use. The program was a resounding success, and Irish consumers, like others all the world over, responded quickly to limit their payment of yet another tax. Is it about a solipsistic, narcissistic consumer culture that views the now as more important than the yet to come? It was pouring rain, and my wife and I had just settled into bed.


Green (Living) Review

Indigenous cultures have a lot to teach us about sharing, sustainability, and a spiritual relationship to Mother Earth, explain Freddy Treuquil and Victor Lem Masc. He also founded and directs the Native Spirit Foundation , a non-profit charitable organisation which promotes the knowledge and preservation of indigenous cultures and supports education in indigenous communities. The one who understands his culture can understand his past. green living indigenous cultures

Books that Changed Everything

Green Living Ideas

Radical Homemakers- Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture , by Shannon Hayes. People are not moving into the kitchen, garden, and garage just to fulfill gendered expectations, but rather to reclaim skills and knowledge that has been lost to a consumerist culture. Falling in love with books is much like falling in love with humans: not only do they teach you new and exciting things about yourself, they open you up to as-yet unknown possibilities in life.