Which is the real problem: Overpopulation or Overconsumption?

In 2015, 141 million people were born – 44 million more than was recorded 65 years earlier (Ritchie, 2019).  Our current population stands at over 7 billion, and could reach 9 billion by 2050. This puts a lot of strain on our planet’s resources, and leads many to believe that with fewer mouths to feed, …

Online Shopping II: online vs. in-store?

Introduction Between 2001 and 2015, the number of online purchases worldwide increased by an enormous 125% (Al-Mulali et al., 2015).  Part one of this series demonstrated how the purchasing of everything from groceries to clothing, toys and shoes online has been tied to a range of both positive and negative environmental impacts. And when it …

Online shopping I: packaging, planning and pollution

Introduction This post is the first of two looking at different aspects of online shopping. E-commerce has grown hugely over recent years with improvements in access to technology, Internet speed, online payment security and delivery (Zhang et al., 2016), meaning it is rapidly becoming the most popular way to shop. Online shopping frees time, reduces …

Smart Shorts II: Combating fast fashion

Good afternoon! Today I am bringing to you another “smart short” – this one is covering the sorts of things you can get involved in to combat fast fashion. I hope you like it! A person’s wardrobe is for many the basis of their creativity (Bang, 2019). The fast fashion industry has exacerbated this belief, …

Smart Shorts I: Freeganism and dumpster diving

Hello and welcome to my first “smart short” – I intend on writing more concise overviews of topics which might go alongside some of the lengthier stuff I address in other posts. In this case, I am planning a couple of “shorts” which go alongside the current series on sustainable consumerism. Let me know if …

Sustainable Consumerism I: the Sharing Economy

Hi folks! I’m taking a new direction again today and focusing on sustainable consumerism, starting with the idea of the sharing economy, what it is, how it works and why it might be considered sustainable. This article is the first of a couple (plus some short ones) on the topic – feel free to comment …

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