A self-driving car could well be a product of the not-so-distant future. How do you feel about a driverless car? What are the advantages? What do you think might concern people about such a vehicle?
Combatting the coronavirus has increased production of surgical masks, creating a potential environmental hazard. Read about the risks and ways to protect the planet.
Online shopping can be a convenience. Yet the ease of buying online might also contribute to hoarding disorder and overspending. Review the research in this article to find out more.
In this interview, a sociologist explains how competition among consumers—not necessarily the providers of goods and services—is what drives spending.
From soap to kitty litter, here’s a list of everyday items made from recycled materials that might astonish you.
Measures to safeguard public health during the coronavirus pandemic might jeopardize hard-won environmental protections against waste from single-use plastics. Read this article to find out more.
Studies show that the thoughts of buying something new can provide as much pleasure as having that new purchase in the hand! And, for the materialistic, the happiness gained from a new purchase is short-lived.
E-waste, used and frequently discarded computers, tablets, smartphones and other electronics, is the fastest-growing municipal waste stream in the United States. Read this opinion piece about the causes and possible solutions to this mounting environmental threat.
At Zero Waste Daniel, New York-based designer Daniel Silverstein creates fashion that is both environment-conscious and socially responsible. Watch this short video to find out more.
Feeling overwhelmed by all the information on the internet? That “foggy” sensation in your brain after hours of pointing, clicking, tapping, and swiping has a name. It’s called information overload. Read this article to learn more about it.
Find out why winning the lottery may not change people’s lives the way we would expect.
Learn why product marketing may be crucial to public health.
Living beyond our means and having an attachment to possessions is something we’ve become accustomed to. We can put a false value on owning things, imagining a happiness that simply cannot be obtained through materialism.
The foods we literally consume at Thanksgiving are based not in history, but in consumerism itself.
While the coronavirus has led to complications for many workers, some Etsy sellers have made a fortune selling cloth masks to consumers. Read more about the hard work and luck that went into making millions off of a perfect storm of circumstances.
Your recent clothing haul may have more environmental costs and ethical concerns than you might expect. Read more about how fast fashion has a hidden cost many don’t know they are paying.
While some companies are struggling during the pandemic, major snack companies are bringing in unforeseen profits.
See images from a new book documenting the ecological and social results of overpopulation and overconsumption throughout the world.
What happens to the stuff you no longer need? In this interview, author Edward Humes describes the huge amount of trash created in the United States and explains where it goes when we throw it away.
See eye-opening graphs of the many ways consumer spending shifted in response to COVID-19.