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Consumption

Stuffing: The Real Value Of Thanksgiving

Michelle Howard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Howard

Thanksgiving does not seem to fuel the eternal combustion engines of American consumption in the way other holidays do, though we may consume a month's worth of calories in one meal.

Not In Love With New Anymore

Schuyler Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Schuyler Brown

Neophilia is in itself a new word. It was popularized around 1999 in techie and sci-fi subcultures to describe the trait of being enthralled by all things novel.

8 Puzzling Food Labels

forbes.com | Joel Kotkin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

If you are like the typical hurried consumer, chances are you don't spend much time considering food labels. And sometimes it can be hard to understan...

Capitalism: Never Enough?

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

The epidemic of designer stores is symptomatic of the buying binge we've been on for the last half-century.

Consumer Spending: What If Americans Dont' Start Buying Again?

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If Americans don't start buying a lot of stuff again, can the world economy be saved? What's the global Plan B? These are fundamental questions at the...

Village Green: Meet Dubai, Vegas on Steroids

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Dubai may be the most environmentally unsustainable place on earth, certainly among the most conspicuously extravagant, reportedly with the world's highest per-capita rate of natural resource consumption.

Does Your Toilet Really Need to Chirp Like a Bird? Japan's Un-green Lifestyle Expectations

Mairi Beautyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mairi Beautyman

After a 20-day trip, four Japanese social norms made me wonder if pledges for extremely ambitious greenhouse gas emission cuts are realistic.

Barter Markets: Can Trading Beef for a Backpack Keep Consumption in Check?

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kirsten Dirksen

One market devotee explained, "It's a way to give value to things. To leave money aside, even if just one day a year, and to encourage more the exchange."

A Call to Serve and Preserve Creation

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jim Wallis

Let's ensure that history does not remember us just as "consumers" of the earth and its resources, but as people who take seriously the God-given mandate to "serve and preserve" the earth.

How Facebook Could Save The Environment

GOOD | By Stephen Linaweaver, Brad Bate, and Michael Keating | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Why Facebook is more important to the environment than solar panels. The growth of social networks indicates a fundamental shift in patterns of hum...

Goodbye/Hello 2 "Consumer: a Retro Concept"

Patt Cottingham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Patt Cottingham

Goodbye to the limiting branding and marketing models of consumerism. Hello to taping into the richer branding and marketing models of citizenry.

Wall Street Pay Back Up! Look Out: The Bubble Man Cometh!

George Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
George Alexander

After the stock market rebounds and unemployment subsides will we go forth more prudently or will we return to the delusions of unrestricted entitlement that got us here in the beginning?

Blaming the Victims: Heroic American Consumers

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ann Pettifor

High levels of debt and consumption were not the result of millions of individual decisions by consumers. They were the result of a deliberate economic 'regime change' in the 1970s.

Americans Saving More When Economy Needs Spending Most

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Americans are hunkering down and saving more. For a recession-battered economy, it couldn't be happening at a worse time. Economis...

Sales People Create Economies

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

Marketing without a trained sales team is a "one way" vehicle, causing the company to only activate at the point of marketing and then become passive.

The Critics and the Credit Cards

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christopher Brauchli

Credit card companies do not limit themselves to tutoring consumers in the art of financial responsibility. They try to insure that everyone who wants a credit card has one.

A Holiday Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alex Pasternack

When I think of Christmas, I see the stuff under trees: toys and books and computers, DVD players and colorful paper. I don't mean the Christmas tree...

Out of Line: Recession Marketing

Mort Gerberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mort Gerberg

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The Recession and Conspicuous Consumption?

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Craig Newmark

Some folks have cash in the bank, and prices are going down, and they can take advantage of that. There are people who buy stuff as a matter of status and prestige.

Bailouts, Bubbles, Boils, and Trouble

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Clemons

Economic recovery cannot mean re-enabling the gluttony of manic consumption without pumping up "production" and getting a more balanced portfolio between what we produce at home and ship in from others.

Now For A Green Bailout: Twice The Bang, Half The Bucks

Van Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Van Jones

I am willing to concede that Wall Street and the big bankers need some propping up. But while we are at it, we should find a way to bail out the little people -- and the planet.

Repent, The End Is Near!

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This Jewish holiday begins a ten-day period during which Jews spend time in self-reflection and repentance -- I can't think of a better thing for the members of Congress to do while at home.

A New Ethics of Consumption

Andy Posner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andy Posner

Imagine a world in which landfills no longer exist, corporations make money while replenishing, cleansing and protecting natural resources, and consumers express their ethics with every purchase.

Ferraris Not Good Enough Anymore: Oil Profits Inspire "Conspicuous Consumption"

Wall Street Journal | Margaret Coker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- With oil near record highs, the Persian Gulf is awash in cash, stimulating a return to some very conspicuous consum...

What Corporate Climate Metrics Matter?

Wood Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wood Turner

While people across the country are taking action to reduce their own carbon footprint, some consumers are using their power to push companies to take action themselves -- and it's paying off.