Ahead of the release of his new book, Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design, Robert Crocker examines the pervasive and destructive impacts of our consumption-driven social and economic systems.
Consumerism today represents an unprecedented crisis of values, in ethical, social and material terms. Never before have so many resources and so much energy been used to produce so many goods for so many people. And never before have hundreds of millions of people across the world been so ingeniously encouraged to buy, use and then throw away or upgrade – with increasing rapidity – what they have bought. This has resulted in a world of unsustainable material flows, and a world drowning in waste.
Eco-Friendly and Fair: Fast fashion and consumer behavior
Carolin Becker-Leifhold, University Ulm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mark Heuer, Susquehanna University (email@example.com)
Greenleaf Publishing and The Textile Institute invite contributions to a forthcoming title, which will address the economic, social, and environmental unsustainability of the fast fashion industry, as well as potential consumer behavior patterns supportive of the emerging eco-fashion industry. The Textile Institute identifies textiles as the second largest industry in the world. The fast fashion segment is notorious for a supply chain that links low wage, often unsafe and environmentally degraded working conditions with cheap chic, fast fashion Western retailers.
In response to the 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy that resulted in the deaths of over 1,100 garment workers, this collection will identify how consumer behavior approaches could shift garment demand toward more sustainable, responsible consumption patterns in the future. To this end, we seek contributions from academics, practitioners, policymakers, business leaders, journalists and entrepreneurs.
The world is at war.
And I’m not talking about the terrible war in Syria or the recent terrorist attacks. I’m talking about the war against the root causes that are real drivers and amplifiers of the aggression we see nowadays. It is a war against depletion, scarcity, degradation, poverty and exclusion and for health, wellbeing, biodiversity, prosperity and inclusion. It is the most important war we, as influencers in public and private organizations, can fight at this moment, and since we are our own worst enemy in this case, we need to stand united in tackling this complex issue. Continue reading