consumerism

Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Three Italian product design students from Portugal's Matosinhos School of Art and Design have created Stallo, a set of elegant cups upcycled from glass bottles. Created as an act of protest against

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Joinless Founder Ben Davis About How Buying Less Crap Can Make Us Happier

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Joinless Founder Ben Davis About How Buying Less Crap Can Make Us Happier

Have you ever felt like the objects you own actually own you? If so, maybe you should join Joinless, the world's first open source brand. Joinless is based on the idea that we shouldn't allow our

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Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

South African artist Freya Jobbins recycles doll parts into disturbing new assemblages that will give you and your child nightmares. Inspired by Guiseppe Archimboldo's work with fruit and vegetables, and

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Feel Like Holiday Shopping is a Losing Battle? Declare a Truce.

Feel Like Holiday Shopping is a Losing Battle? Declare a Truce.

Some people love the hustle and bustle of the holidays, even the stress of trying to find (and then afford) a perfect present for everyone on your list. Even if you limit your gift giving to family,

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Prix Pictet Shortlist Reveals 11 Artists’ Visions of Consumption

Prix Pictet Shortlist Reveals 11 Artists’ Visions of Consumption

Motoyuki Daifu - Project Family #10 It’s no secret that living space is at a premium in Japanese households, and in this playful series called Project Family, Motoyuki Daifu tackles the cramped living

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FAIL: New Toys “R” Us Ad Disses Nature for a Trip to the Toy Store

FAIL: New Toys “R” Us Ad Disses Nature for a Trip to the Toy Store

Who needs nature when you have Toys "R" Us?! That’s basically the premise of the toy store's latest commercial depicting a busload of disgruntled kids on a field trip to the forest. The bus and tour

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Celebrate The Holidays With Eco-Friendly and Natural Traditions From Around the World!

Celebrate The Holidays With Eco-Friendly and Natural Traditions From Around the World!

Photo via Shutterstock With all the pressure to buy "stuff," December has become the most commercialized time of year, but celebrating the holidays doesn't have to mean spending lots of money on things

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Black Friday: The World Tells You to Shop, We Ask You to Stop

Black Friday: The World Tells You to Shop, We Ask You to Stop

Have you already started to become a bit stressed about all the Christmas shopping you have to do? Do you feel pressured to shop with money you don’t have, rather saving it or using it for something

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“Story of Stuff” Urges Shoppers to Stick With Family on Black Friday

“Story of Stuff” Urges Shoppers to Stick With Family on Black Friday

Anything is better than waking up before the crack of dawn to stand in line with thousands of possessed shoppers on Black Friday, according to the folks from the Story of Stuff. And to illustrate their

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How Much Money Americans Spend on Back-To-School Clothes

How Much Money Americans Spend on Back-To-School Clothes

Photo via Shuttersock The back-to-school season has become extremely commercialized -- that much is a fact. American parents spend an average of $246.10 on clothes and $129.20 for their kids each

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Annie Leonard’s “Story of Change”: Shopping Alone Can’t Save the World

Annie Leonard’s “Story of Change”: Shopping Alone Can’t Save the World

In The Story of Change, Annie Leonard explains that while being a smart shopper can certainly ease some of the burden on our overworked planet, it is not the solution to a better world. She believes that

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IKEA Unveils Cheapo Digital Camera Made of Cardboard

IKEA Unveils Cheapo Digital Camera Made of Cardboard

During this year's Milan Design Week Swedish furniture maker IKEA rolled out a bunch of bright-colored tables, chairs, and other pieces of furniture. But perhaps the most interesting product

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Students at NYU Launch “Sloth,” a Campus Thrift Store to Slow Consumption

Students at NYU Launch “Sloth,” a Campus Thrift Store to Slow Consumption

If you love scouring thrift stores as much as we do, you'll find Sloth and the ideas driving it genius. Inspired by their studies, two students at New York University are launching a secondhand store in

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Is This Diamond-Encrusted $400,000 T-Shirt the World’s Most Expensive?

Is This Diamond-Encrusted $400,000 T-Shirt the World’s Most Expensive?

What's the most money you've ever spent on a t-shirt?  We're guessing it's no where near the £256,500 ($405,000) price-tag on this diamond-encrusted number.  Although there doesn't seem to be a

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How to Use Technology to Green Your Shopping

How to Use Technology to Green Your Shopping

While the recent rise in consumer spending is certainly a good sign for our ailing economy, what does this mean for our fragile environment? If you’re one of the many stepping out this weekend for

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