Consumer products, services, and packaged experiences should come with warning labels like those found on other harmful things like cigarettes and poisons.
Darn near everything bought and sold in so-called advanced societies could come with a label warning purchasers of the dangers inherent in mindless consumption.
WARNING: WILL CAUSE ONE TO WORK, SPEND AND BORROW TO DEATH.
WARNING: THIS CAUSES CLIMATE CHANGE.
WARNING: PURCHASING THIS CONTRIBUTES TO HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES.
WARNING: SPENDING MONEY ON THIS IS LIKELY TO CAUSE DEBT, GUILT,
WARNING: BUYING THESE CLOTHES WILL ONLY MAKE YOU LOOK SMARTER.
WARNING: ONLY PROVIDES TEMPORARY THRILLS - WILL NOT CAUSE LASTING HAPPINESS.
WARNING: SHOPPING CAN BE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE.
WARNING - CONSUMERISM IS KILLING THE PLANET.
WARNING: ONLY LIVING SIMPLY CAN HEAL MOTHER EARTH.
Hey, these would make good bumper stickers. Except bicycles don't have bumpers.
The dangers of consumerism are many, and avoiding them can be complicated. It is easier to escape the bother entirely and just not buy anything.
Warning - not buying anything can lead to contentment and happiness.
There's a warning label for you.