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I Haven't Bought Anything New In 5 Years

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Katy Wolk-Stanley

There is one thing that sets me apart from the other soccer moms, which is that I am a member of "The Compact." And no, that doesn't mean that I practice polyamory, weave my own caftans and practice 140-degree yoga. It means that I don't buy anything new.

Could You Go a Year Without Buying Anything New? How About Five Years?

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 09.24.2012 | Money
Katy Wolk-Stanley

There is one thing that sets me apart from the other soccer moms, which is that I am a member of "The Compact." And no, that doesn't mean that I practice polyamory, weave my own caftans and practice 140-degree yoga. It means that I don't buy anything new.

So, Which Two Airlines Are Charging For Carry Ons?

George Hobica | Posted 09.16.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Answering questions about carry-on bag fees and flights to Hawaii.

The Environmental Cost of "Design First"

John Pavley | Posted 09.06.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

The dangerous nature of digital waste is not a new problem. In the early '00s EPEAT set standards for "green electronics." But this week tech industry thought leader Apple said they are opting out of the standard! Why did Apple drop out of green computing?

Imagine If Every Resident of Mumbai Had a Car?

Mark Hillary | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business
Mark Hillary

Economic growth benefits those who are lifted from poverty, but how can the world really cope with billions of new drivers all expecting their own car?

A Hotel Guests' Bill Of Rights

Room 77 | Posted 08.21.2012 | Travel
Room 77

To us, there's nothing that induces relaxation quite like checking into a luxurious hotel: no cooking or cleaning required, and you can enjoy an array of amenities. But no matter how great a hotel is, there are a few things that can quickly sour your stay. That's why we created the Hotel Guests' Bill of Rights.

Will We Ever Have Enough?

Marcela Hawkins | Posted 08.15.2012 | Teen
Marcela Hawkins

It is essential that we as Americans reevaluate our priorities by moving our focus from materialism and a constantly indulging mentality to the morals this country was founded upon.

America: A Modern Imperialist

Misa Mori | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Misa Mori

Widespread American culture is threatening cultural diversity. And while some nations resist the temptation of American wealth, these corporations still manage to pry their way through those barriers.

Greed: The American Experience

Will Savino | Posted 08.12.2012 | Teen
Will Savino

The golden arches of McDonalds have joined the American flag and the bald eagle as a distinctive symbol of America.

The American Experience: Comfort Above All Else

Hailey Yook | Posted 08.05.2012 | Teen
Hailey Yook

The importance of human and environmental health is constantly preached in the U.S., yet it is disregarded every day for convenience and ease.

What Makes Chinese Youth Tick?: A Quick Q & A With Mary Bergstrom

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 07.22.2012 | Books
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

"Youth in China are doing more than just buying brands and downloading free entertainment, they are quietly and irreverently changing the future of the world we all live in."

Understanding Millennials: 6 Lessons About The 20-Something Generation

Sandy Thompson | Posted 05.16.2012 | Business
Sandy Thompson

When it comes to this generation they are not going to wait. They are not going to settle. They are not going to do 'the right thing'. They are going to do what works for them. Their journey is ongoing, and with it comes their stories.

Photographer Addresses Gender In 'The Pink And Blue Project'

Posted 04.17.2012 | Arts

South Korean artist JeongMee Yoon first embarked on "The Pink and Blue Project" when her five-year-old daughter couldn't get enough candy-colored poss...

Insane Bar Code Portraits

Posted 04.17.2012 | Arts

Scott Blake makes incredible interactive portraits out of bar codes, illustrating how black-and-white data can come to resemble a personal connection....

In Defense of Hypocrisy

The Cornell Sun | Posted 06.12.2012 | College
The Cornell Sun

As a white activist, I get this a lot. What does a white liberal weekend revolutionary know about police brutality? What gives me the cultural authority to quote the poetry of Gil Scott-Heron? And who the hell do I think I am?

The iPhone and Consumer Guilt

Annie Leonard | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green
Annie Leonard

Next time someone says they feel guilty for owning an iPhone, ask if they were the one who decided to maintain a 73% profit margin while underpaying workers on 18-hour-shifts. To roll out new models at breakneck speed? To use conflict minerals and toxic chemicals?

Breaking the Consumer Addiction

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

The problem is that the ease with which we buy online is now rubbing off on our kids. The era of instant gratification blurs the line between wants and needs.

Digital Fire: Starting Over From Zero

Russell C. Smith | Posted 05.23.2012 | Business
Russell C. Smith

In a fragmented, sped-up world, images needed to be broken into their separate parts and pieced back together.

Consumerism Trumps Education In Kony 2012 Campaign

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 05.11.2012 | Impact
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

The poster that the Kony 2012 campaign would like to plaster around the country, and has included in a $30 action kit, juxtaposes Joseph Kony, Osama B...

Can Companies Predict Your Divorce?

Richard Komaiko | Posted 05.02.2012 | Divorce
Richard Komaiko

By catching the consumer at the intersection of a big life change, like having a child or getting divorced, there is an opportunity to change customer shopping habits and brand loyalty forever.

How Big Is Too Big?

Rachel Kane | Posted 05.01.2012 | Style
Rachel Kane

Does packing such a large space with so much merchandise serve to tarnish the brand or is Forever 21 just giving shoppers what they want?

Senator Slams Spirit Airlines As New Rules On Airfare Kick In

Posted 03.27.2012 | Travel

In a letter today to the CEO of low cost carrier Spirit Airlines, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) says the airline is engaged in a "deliberate attempt to...

Senator Slams Spirit Airlines As New Rules On Airfare Kick In

Posted 03.27.2012 | Travel

Senator Barbara Boxer Slams Spirit Airlines' 'Deliberate Attempt To Deceive' Fliers

Airfarewatchdog Answers Your Questions About Air Travel

George Hobica | Posted 03.26.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Answering your burning questions about super-low airfares (is it really a good deal?) and finding good fares in surprising places.

Paul Brady

Fliers May Be Sticker Shocked Thanks To New Pricing Regs

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Brady | Posted 01.19.2012 | Travel

Airline customers are in for sticker shock. New Department of Transportation rules will force airlines to advertise higher, all-inclusive prices be...