My Consumerist Addiction Pt. 1

When I was approximately 14, in the middle of my adolescence, I became more aware of clothing and fashion. What brought about this sudden self-awareness I do not know. But suddenly I was self conscious of the hand me down clothing I would get from my sister. I began meticulously researching fashion brands. I had one obstacle that blocked my dream of being the trendiest … Continue reading My Consumerist Addiction Pt. 1

Ethical High Street Initiatives

Fast fashion is usually one of the drivers of unsustainable consumerism in society. Curb The Splurge has even mentioned it in a blogpost before. However not all is lost for the high street. If you are struggling to the right balance between choosing ethical brands and craving for the cheap, stylish threads found in high street stores, there is hope yet. Recently and most likely … Continue reading Ethical High Street Initiatives

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I recently received Marie Kondo’s novel on the Japanese art of tidying up and it has encouraged me to look more closely at the things I own and question the motives behind each new purchase. The novel follows Kondo’s simple rules for cleaning up your room or home. It is littered with useful lessons she has learnt, told through interesting anecdotes from her childhood. She has … Continue reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

How To Be Lazy: Apps That Make Ethical Decisions Easy

We get it. You’re lazy. For many people in the first world, technological affordances have allowed us to become lazy and comfortable in our lives. The first step in reducing consumerism begins with ethical consumption. The smart phone in your pocket can open up communities and create enduring relationships. Today Curb The Splurge will show you how mobile applications can help in making ethical decisions. … Continue reading How To Be Lazy: Apps That Make Ethical Decisions Easy

What We Can Learn From Macklemore’s Thrift Shop

It’s been four years since Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released the top 40 hit, Thrift Shop. For those unfamiliar, Thrift Shop is a song which playfully highlights society’s obsession with brand names, designer clothing and the status that comes with wearing expensive clothing. Underneath the catchy tune and playful music video comes a message that promotes self awareness on consumerism. “Fifty dollars for a t-shirt, … Continue reading What We Can Learn From Macklemore’s Thrift Shop

The Ethical Consumer

Most consumers in first world countries have the choices to become ethical consumers. We can all make informed choices of what we chose to buy and which companies to boycott. In 2009 it was estimated that 40% of American consumers purchased goods because of the ethics, values and reputation of the company that produced it. This trend has been on the rise of late, especially … Continue reading The Ethical Consumer

Ethical Electronics

Technology is great. We use it 24/7. We use it to run entire industries. But technology grows quickly, it changes and evolves much faster than we do. This week in our discussion of consumerism, we will begin by looking at consumer electronics. From your desktop computer at home, your curved TV and your mobile phone – all of these contribute towards consumer electronics. In 2013 the consumer electronics … Continue reading Ethical Electronics

The Dangers of Fast Fashion

The first thing that comes to my mind when it comes to consumerism is fast fashion. What is fast fashion? Fast fashion is a relatively modern phenomena that occurs within several high street retailers. Think Zara, H&M, Forever21, Uniqlo and everything you might find at your local Westfield. It describes the trend towards segmenting supply chains and increasing production of high fashion items, resulting in … Continue reading The Dangers of Fast Fashion