Top 10 Anti-Consumerism Must Haves

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1 – CONSIDER MANUFACTURED DEMAND

Watch Annie Leonard’s The Story of Bottled Water.

2 – WATCH ANTI-CONSUMERIST COMEDY

Have fun watching comedians George Carlin and Dylan Moran, or the Consumerism Musical.

3 – CONSIDER YOUR STATUS ANXIETY

Ponder the relationship between Status SymbolsVeblen Goods and Conspicuous Consumption, before evaluating the extent of your own status anxiety: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

4 – LISTEN TO ANTI-CONSUMERIST SONGS

Listen to Warren Zevon’s Down In the Mall, Lily Allen’s The Fear, Eddie Vedder’s Society, Pete Seeger’s Little Boxes, or Barenaked Ladies If I Had A Million Dollars.

5 – PLAN TO DOWNSIZE YOUR CHRISTMAS

Talk to your friends and family about downsizing this Christmas – try a make your own gift, buy local, buy ethical, buy second-hand, limited value, or single gift  Christmas. Or if you’re really feeling hard-core a buy nothing Christmas. Perhaps take some (slightly crazy) inspiration from Reverend Billy.

6 – WATCH ANTI-CONSUMERIST FILM CLIPS

Find anticonsumer references in the movies - 12 MonkeysFight ClubThey Live, and Into the Wild.

7 – WATCH A CONSUMERISM DOCUMENTARY

Watch Jonathan Porrit’s Consumerism TV documentary: Part 1Part 2Part 3 and Part 4.

8 – INOCULATE YOUR KIDS

Teach your children about advertising and how to resist it – start with what an Adver-Game is. Watch Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7.

9 – USE THE SYSTEM

Consider using consumerism to make a positive difference – you could join 9 Carrots (formerly known as Carrot Mob), who persuade local companies and businesses to carry out environmental and other projects by offering a large group of crowdsourced customers. Don’t really understand ? Watch the video.

10 – HAVE A DAY OFF FROM BUYING THINGS

November 26th is Buy Nothing Day in the UK, after Thanksgiving in the US – celebrate by buying nothing at all !

‘The things you own end up owning you’ – TYLER DURDEN, FIGHT CLUB

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