High levels of extractivism are leading to a future where materials of mineral, vegetable, and animal origin are scarce. But what if we immediately stopped extracting and producing raw materials? How long could we use our waste to produce everything we consume? Learn about the initiatives showing us what the products of the future may look like: designed to take full advantage of their raw material, able to return to the top of the production chain.
In a world dominated by fake news, there is greater value in the things we know for sure. Today, desire is generated by honesty and transparency. Nobody is asking companies to be perfect; just trustworthy.
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.
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.
Sexist campaigns have been a constant target of criticism, tarnishing the image of some traditional brands. Gender equality is increasingly an issue that affects consumer choices: it is time for brands to help liberate women without creating new stereotypes of the model woman. More than using empowerment as an advertising strategy, brands need to embrace gender equality in a real, tangible, and honest way.
Social codes that are represented by clothes are being challenged with the emergence of non-binary gender in fashion. Even though there is a huge gap between the fantasy of the catwalk and the reality of clothing retail, for both luxury and popular stores, retailers do endeavor to follow this trend. While the industry is still finding its way, underground brands and new designers are leading the evolution.
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.
The growth of conservatism has frightened many who once believed that the world had advanced in terms of human and civil rights. But the Tombamento Generation is taking the spotlight: a new wave of singers whose work is united by the representative force of society’s key issues — race, gender, and sexuality. This group of artists and their audience together strive to break down the standards of common sense.
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.
How do we know where our food comes from? How can we live in harmony alongside people who are different to us? How can we practice sustainability in everyday life? Indigenous villages, riparian, quilombola, and backcountry communities, rural plantations, hybrid countryside, urban outskirts, the ignored populational centers: the answers to these questions arise in the everyday practices of those who understand that it is necessary to invent and express themselves in new ways . When the so-called peripheries reach the consumption behavior of Brazilians, it is time to ask ourselves: who influences who?
Today there a lot of talk about gender identity, but there also are identities linked to social and economic classes, race, consumption, nationality, sexuality, and many others. There is no such thing as a single identity, but instead a puzzle that ends up creating what we cal the “SELF”: different identities that end up segmenting and framing us. To emancipate human beings it is necessary to reevaluate everything we do not consider a determining factor for the construction of identity.
It’s time to step out of the comfort zone and go beyond the comprehension of market shares, income range or social class; it’s time to start thinking about affinities and, most important of all, people. Unclassed is a behaviour tendency in which people become the protagonists of their own actions, they don’t want to simply appropriate ideals of the higher social strata anymore.
For some time now, an inversion of the masculine and feminine codes is happening in fashion, breaking predefined norms and dated notions of genre. It is a freedom from stereotypes, some kind of illusory game some interpret as unissex. New shapes of business start to pop up everywhere in the world, providing options for the share of customers in lack of brands that follow their ideas about gender.
The quickness of changes in human behavior blurs the concept of generation. Youth no longer bares the title of unquestionable inspiration, excluding age as a matter of the contemporary. More than inclusion, there is also a market interest in this subject: the acknowledgment of a new class of consumers.
When gender identity enters the popular discussion subject, and markets that move trillions start paying attention to this matters, it is natural that the discussion clearly influences how companies will communicate and position their products from now on. Dictating how each gender must relate to consumption will be an act increasingly hated by the public, that now understands this division as a sign of belatedness.
The notions of femininity and masculinity are being questioned and deconstructed in all areas, fashion included. It is a fertile ground for making a more diverse fashion culture. Up to now, most gender related fashion experiments happened to women’s clothing, but today gender blur invades the catwalk and shows that men’s fashion is going through a rich creative moment.
Seriousness and expertise are not adult businesses. Energy and spontaneity are not teenager things. Get used to it: age stereotypes do not represent the contemporary world anymore. In media, music and fashion, teens are being depicted as personality icons rather than symbols of inexperience.
Complex and paradoxal customers are making companies rethink the way they segment market. This classification is not limited only by social class, “economic power”, age-range or gender. To “Unclass” is to take a deep look inside people in order to understand their real motivations; only this way it will be possible to group them: by affinity.
Normcore is not a generational theory, not a flag, nor a large scale mass cultural phenomenon. It is not a THEORY, not a MOVEMENT. NORMCORE is, above all, a NOTION. An empathy feeling and a subtle opinion about what the human beings are living through these days. I can say, as one of the the people who helped create this concept, now that the NORMCORE hype is gone, little was comprehended about this cultural NOTION.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.