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In the modern world, shopping seems to be the thing that defines us as individuals. The culture of consumerism is dominating the globe and has a major influence on people's worldviews, how we spend our time and how we relate to others. It has also contributed to a dramatic increase in our consumption of the planet's resources.

 

Many people feel we need to escape from this consumerist culture if we are to stand a chance of living sustainably, and to live wiser, happier and more meaningful lives.

Better shopping

We all have to shop to some extent, and a movement has sprung up to help people make better and more ethical choices when shopping.

Some of the best sources of information on making better choices are listed below.

Ethical Consumer

A magazine and website containing reports and research on the ethical ratings of a range of different brands and products - from jeans to household cleaners.

Good Guide

US site that claims to provide the world's largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home.

Consumerism

This section explores the influence consumerism can have on our lives, and how we can enable ourselves to reduce this influence.

The problem with 
consumerism

 
This Life Squared guide explores consumerism and its effects on us, and suggests some ways in which we can reduce its impact on our lives, so that we can live the lives we really want.

Price of materialism

This is a great video from the Center for a New American Dream (visit their site - it's excellent) about the impact that our culture of consumerism can have on our lives and society.  It's a useful companion piece to our own booklet 'The Problem with Consumerism'.

 

How to consume less

We all consume way too much stuff. This leaflet gives 10 ideas on how you can consume less - and live more.

 

Buy less crap

Why not put up this (very subtle) poster as a reminder that our current lifestyles are unsustainable and that buying more stuff might not make us happier?

 

Better than
shopping

 
This Life Squared guide looks at some cheap things we can do with our time that are better than shopping.