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

The Root of Consumerism

Before we get started on reducing our daily consumption, it is important to understand where it comes from. The Industrial Revolution (1760 – 1840) was when humanity began the transition into mass production and consumption. This was mainly because the technological advancements at the time enabled faster and more efficient methods of production. This period of time saw rapid economic growth, improved living standards and … Continue reading The Root of Consumerism