Consumerism: The new Religion of the Developed World

Consumerism is the new religion of the developed world.  Feeling blue?  Go buy something, they tell us, you’ll feel better.  Already happy?  Great, go celebrate by buying something else. Advertisers sell shopping as a hobby, a pastime, like playing tennis. And when your garage gets full, and there’s no place to park the car, no… [Continue Reading]

Environmental Cost of Consumerism

Consumerism causes the wasteful use of energy and material far above and beyond that needed for everyday living at a comfortable level. Money is not the only way to measure the cost of an item. When one adds up all the raw materials and energy that go into the goods and services consumed over an… [Continue Reading]

How consumerism affects society, the economy and the Environment.

Consumerism is economically manifested in the chronic purchasing of new goods and services, with little attention to their true need, durability, product origin or the environmental consequences of manufacture and disposal. Consumerism is driven by huge sums spent on advertising designed to create both a desire to follow trends, and the resultant personal self-reward system… [Continue Reading]


Western society is one of consumerism – we consume unnecessary resources for our own pleasure, and this is often at the expense of the environment and other community values. Consumerism is real, but as a means to happiness is a fallacy. Many sociologists have predicted that our consumption focused behaviour will be the downfall of… [Continue Reading]

Economic Cost of Consumerism

The more consumerism spreads, the weaker is the incentive to manufacture long-lasting, quality products, and the greater the likelihood that cheaply made products will instead be imported from the lowest-wage, environmentally unregulated overseas manufacturer that mobile capital, ever seeking the highest return, can find. The nationwide loss of manufacturing jobs leads to a corresponding growth… [Continue Reading]