Don’t overspend this Christmas
Barriers to Zero Waste / Consumer Culture

Don’t overspend this Christmas

As a zero waste advocate, my first suggestion for the holiday season would be to curb unnecessary consumption as much as possible and try to shop or trade reused goods. As a human being living in North America, I know that this isn’t the easiest thing to do! So if you can’t avoid the mall this … Continue reading

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How Many Lives does this T-shirt Cost?
Barriers to Zero Waste / Consumer Culture / Fashion / Zero Waste Element Two

How Many Lives does this T-shirt Cost?

In the wake of Black Friday, as consumers gave thanks for the mega deals, a tragedy in the developing world provided a stark reminder of the impacts of our consumption and drive for profit. On Saturday night, November 26, 2012, at least 112 workers were killed in a Bangladesh garment factory. Some broke windows, jumping from … Continue reading

Ikea – stop playing games with my heart
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Ikea – stop playing games with my heart

So I’ve clearly got a love/hate thing going on with Ikea. You’ll remember that I commended the Swedish giant for offering one of the original ‘classy’ food court experiences with real cutlery, glasses and dishes instead of disposables. Then I changed face and accused Ikea of facilitating unnecessary consumption with its shoddy furniture that values style over quality and durability. After … Continue reading