|- an idea, a set of behaviors, a way of thinking about consumption itself from a new perspective|
Global consumption has exploded in recent decades, and passed the point of sustainability long ago. Enlightened individuals know that something must change. Solutions such as simple living go a long way toward restoring rationality because they deliver a higher quality of life while consuming less.
What we need, if we are going to save ourselves, is a mass deconsumption, consumption-light, or unconsumption. But how will this happen if we are addicted to high-consumption lifestyles? We need help, and soon.
|Repurposing old books spines into bookmarks, from Unconsumption|
The Unconsumption blog is one of the voices amid the madness of marketing and mass consumption that is trying to help people think about consuming differently. They bill themselves as a "source of inspiration for creative reuse and mindful consumption," and their site is full of links to ideas for using resources more efficiently, and creatively.
I like the concept of mindful consumption, because what it means is turning on the thinking cap before engaging in the purchase of the things we think we want and need. It can also help us enjoy the things we already have, and use them more efficiently.
It can also be a lot more fun, not to mention a whole lot less expensive.
|Turn an old dresser into a bench by cutting off the legs, and adding cushions|
Consumption is a word used to describe acts of acquisition – generally, the acquisition of things, in exchange for money.
Unconsumption is a word used to describe everything that happens after an act of acquisition.
- is an invisible badge.
- means the accomplishment of properly recycling your old cellphone, rather than the guilt of letting it sit in a drawer.
- means the thrill of finding a new use for something that you were about to throw away.
- means the pleasure of using a service like Freecycle (or Craigslist, Goodwill, or Salvation Army) to find a new home for the functioning DVD player you just replaced, rather than throwing it in the garbage.
- means enjoying the things you own to the fullest – not just at the moment of acquisition.
- means the pleasure of using a pair of sneakers until they are truly worn out – as opposed to the nagging feeling of defeat when they simply go out of style.
- means feeling good about the simple act of turning off the lights when you leave the room.
- is not about the rejection of things, or the demonization of things. It’s not a bunch of rules.
- is an idea, a set of behaviors, a way of thinking about consumption itself from a new perspective.
- is free.
|Free clothing repair guy in San Fransisco - he has been offering this community service for more than a decade|
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