Locavorism and the Three Pillars of Sustainable Development

 

Local consumption is aligned with the three pillars of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic. Also known as locavorism, this movement aims to shorten distances between producers and consumers, and looks closely at the production chain of consumer goods. This behavior has a positive impact on job creation and poverty reduction, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of communities.

Beyond The Niche: Vegan Awareness Boosts Major Market Shift

 

Veganism is usually associated with nutrition, however, its philosophy embraces a greater cause. Today, people and brands recognize that veganism is also about ethics, politics, and the environment. This new perspective holds the power to develop a society that protects animals, people and the future.

Ethics and Transparency: Contemporary Desire in Fashion Consumption

 

Fashion has been a tool for telling apart noblemen and the bourgeois since the 15th century, and even today fashion is still seen as a tool for individual validation. On the other hand, emerging consumer behaviors — less connected to the need for belonging — give rise to the products and services of the coming years.

Conscious Entrepreneurship: Impacts of Female Protagonism

 

Limited by sexism, women face limited chances of growing and reaching leadership positions. They have turned to entrepreneurship as a way of combining purpose and a career. The projects, companies, and startups they have been creating are fueled by a transformative power that boosts both economic growth and social and environmental change.

Purposeful Fashion: Brands and the Public Brought Together by Human Values

 

Clothes and other consumer goods will no longer be mere objects; they will be transformed into subjects to develop a more emotional relationship with people. More than ever, fashion must look to the people, who are less predictable and more difficult to label. Their individual motivations speak louder than any standardized lifestyle.

At-home beauty, independence, and empowerment

 

In a scenario where the consumption of cosmetics is still heavily based on marketing, some women have decided to take a more natural approach to beauty, replacing an entire shelf of cosmetics with products made at home. A currency exchange occurs in such lowsumer behavior, where you pay for quality and not for the brand. Possibilities include products not tested on animals, vegan recipes, or completely natural formulas.

After Liquid Times: Spirituality and the Search for Purpose

 

The contemporary search for spirituality is observed in daily practices that promote self-knowledge above all. Yoga, meditation, veganism, integrative medicine: they are far from dogma and closer to the “true self” and a greater purpose. This emerging behavior is a way of subverting the order of these “liquid times”. The new purposes bypass the logic of capitalism and suggest a more inclusive lifestyle, less focused on the accumulation of capital.

Lowsumerism and the search for our true selves

 

Consumerism and advertising have raised our expectations to the point of making impossible to be fully happy or satisfied. Fortunately, there is a movement that moves us away from illusion and brings us closer to plenitude.

Adapting to a new existence: how to live in an ecovillage

 

Self-sufficient and sustainable communities in harmony with the environment are growing in popularity. In addition to their ecological focus, these communities also integrate economic, social, and cultural aspects through participatory management and permaculture. Ecovillages offer a post-modern way of life where we all work, have a voice, and collaborate.

TRANSITION TO THE AGE OF AQUARIUS: BEYOND THE ASTROLOGICAL BIAS

 

We are transitioning to a more emotional, feminine age, guided by feelings and intuition. What astrologers call the Aquarian age is the same as what economists call conscious capitalism. It is the age of awareness for philosophers, the chaordic age for intellectuals, and the digital age for technologists. Humanists call it a new humanism, and retailers call it a crisis.

LOWSUMER MARKETING: CULTURE OF CARE SPREAD BY ADVERTISING

 

It is worth looking closely at advertising to identify this compulsory condition: is it really the great villain responsible for unleashing the consumerism that is ravaging people and the planet? The answer is not so simple. Consumption, advertising and their symbolic meanings can be approached from another perspective. Advertising campaigns start to incorporate new contemporary codes that give rise to the culture of care: it’s time to talk to consumers with respect about this new concept of consumption.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AND THE POWER TO HEAL FROM WITHIN

 

Study no longer focuses on the illness, but on the individual as a whole – the mind, body, and spirit. The patient is now seen as primarily responsible for their own recovery, and is led to understand that healing works from inside to out, not the other way around. In this process, the search for simple and natural solutions grows stronger.

TO SELL MORE OR TO SELL BETTER: POST-CONSUMERISM ADVERTISING

 

Feeling the need for freer and more significant activity, and perceiving the new consumer-focused landscape, ad makers start to deny the age of excess. But if consumerism is reaching its end, what is advertising supposed to dedicate itself to? The answer is that the tug of war will be between two schools: one that wants to sell more and the other that wants to sell better.

The Role of Design in Fostering The Lowsumer Consciousness

 

The challenge of design is to maintain relevance in a saturated world. Who needs excess? More than just a trend, it is a matter of responsibility. New creators propose innovations that predict the desires of the future and inspire the traditional market.

Urban Flight: Primal Impulse In Search Of Simplicity

 

We are living a time of urban flight, looking for our wildest essence, for simple life nirvana, for a bigger purpose and something that makes us more meaningful to the world. Conscious consumption, permaculture and running away from urban chaos are hot topics. After all, our true core is not what we can buy, but what we can be.

Sustainable Economy And The Resignification Of Success

 

The current environmental scenario demands a complete change on human’s mentality. That also implies a change on the criteria of what “success” is, specially concerning to people and business. New codes substitute capitalist models, revealing the urgency of sustainable economy.

Sharing Economy And The Expansion Of The Self

 

Sharing economy blossoms along with the post-modern liquidity. Having access to more things, and them being more disposable, we create an exponentially more fluid identity, more compatible with ourselves. We are not what we have, but what we access.

The Logic Of Discarding Defied By The Electronics Industry

 

Given the notion of conscious consumption that emerges in our society, the tendency is that remarkable — or revolutionary — products of the future will be those capable to translate our yearning for long-lasting objects, capable of defying the discarding logic. Modular technology questions the validity of fast-paced production cycles, blocking planned obsolescence.

The Punk Spirit Of The DIY Movement

 

With an aesthetic that denied consumerism, it was the punk movement that started spreading the DIY word. In essence, both punk and DIY endorse a more intimate relation with personal consumption. The punk spirit in DIY is undeniable and growing in a society that gets more and more conscious about its impact on planet Earth.

How To Consume Less And Practice Lowsumerism

 

The recent study “The Rise Of Lowsumerism” says no to excess and explores the revelation of a new mentality concerning to consumption. Consuming should be a well thought act according to our needs, not a substitute for our lack of time or affection. It’s ok to feel lost when you want such a big lifestyle change. That is why this article will show you some possible paths to start living a lowsumer life.

New Economies And Flow Possibilities

 

In order to be free from an economy model that destroys nature and makes it impossible to have significant connections, we have to get rid of its premises. Freedom is not about choosing what we consume and produce, but how we do it. Post-internet society have shown us that by interacting in sharing economy we amplify our flow possibilities, not only in information but also in resources.

A World of Excesses: Precise Luxury

 

We live in a world of excesses and our education is getting increasingly consumption-driven. Before taking their first steps, children already own fully decorated bedrooms, a wardrobe designed for all kinds of occasion, and such a busy agenda that the visit of a close relative can only be scheduled within three months. They grow up believing it is normal to have everything and become frustrated adults. This culture of excess turned everything into commonness.

The Main Trend Today: Why Lowsumerism Is a Pressing Need

 

How do we brake consumerism in a society ruled by brands and companies? Microtrends are showing our entire zeitgeist is turning to “less is more”. Consumers are getting more and more conscious. They are embracing new marketing models, capable to attend their needs and cravings with less harming impacts.

ETHICS AS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND MORE EVOLVED CONSUMPTION

 

Fashion consumption has been reviewed. Ethical issues are on the table and start being accounted for in buying decisions. When the wrongdoings of the industry come to surface, consumption becomes a conscious political act. Today brands are listening to the rejection by consumers of scandals that degrade human life. The awakening to a more evolved habit of consumption might reach even higher levels in the next few years.

The Profound Awakening of Female Consumption

 

For many girls today, to consume less is a way of self-expression in the world. It means getting your hands dirty and developing a more purposeful and meaningful life. Unlike the life experience of their parents, to own is no longer synoym of success and security. Internet is a key player in this game, providing information and the exchange of experiences and knowledge between girls.

Buying As A Social Act: The Return

 

Buying has never been easier, but the innovations that facilitate our life also end up isolating us. Our acts of buying and consumer habits prove that we are growing increasingly distant from each other. Resuming buying habits connected to traditional and local values became a solution to strengthen face-to-face interaction, once lost with the emergence of digital media. Recovering relationships that got lost thanks to fragile and impersonal digital ties seems to be an emerging behavior in large urban centers.

A Change in Values

 

The man was removed from the center of development and many human bonds became commercial relations. We live immersed in consumerism, and individuality became the new flag of freedom (or is it advertising?). As much as we believe that we evolved much since the beginning of times, the feeling is that we grew very little when it comes to consciousness. And it is about time to give it a try.

Post-capitalism and Consumption as a Statement

 

In a world with less money and more time and access to knowledge, values could not remain the same. Instead of handbags with huge label prints, suggesting its humongous prices, we are now looking for companies that print things we really care about. Consumption as a statement reveals consumers are very aware that everything bought carries a political load.

Film As The Perpetuation Of Consumerist Mentality

 

A fast fashion item may be more similar to a film than you would expect. Titles overflow and movie theaters work in a mechanical rotative system: the next movie is right around the corner, there is no time for reflecting on what you just saw. Watching a film or not is deeply connected with today’s world emergencies.

Zero Waste: the Future of Environmental Consciousness

 

The way society faces its responsibilities to the environment gives signs of how it is going through a critical and complex transformation. The years preaching the same old canons of the “sustainable citizen” handbook are coming to an end. The model in which everything is disposable is gettig old fashioned, giving the floor to zero waste projects.