Excessive Consumerism

How can we address the challenge of too much consumption?

Your latest stories addressing excessive consumerism

Library of Things

Creating places in the community where you borrow instead of buy items and learn how to use them.

  • Consumerism
  • Depleted resources
  • Greater fairness
  • Circular Economy

The Edible Garden Project

Engaging and educating children about healthy eating; learning how to grow, cook and eat fresh veg.

  • Food supply
  • Consumerism
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Nature
  • Land Use

The Natural Curriculum Hub, Liverpool John Moores University

Promoting the use of Forest School and outdoor learning approaches.

  • Biodiversity loss
  • Consumerism
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Nature

Zero Waste Leeds

Building a movement to help make Leeds a zero waste city by 2030.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Reuse Shop by Bristol Waste

Providing household items to residents by diverting good quality items from the waste stream.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Cumbria Green Build & Sustainable Living Festival

Inspiring ideas for more sustainable homes, communities and businesses.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Depleted resources
  • Buildings
  • Nature
  • Land Use

Think big locally

Why consumerism?

Earth Overshoot Day is a calculated date each year when humanity’s consumption of resources that year exceeded Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources in the same year. In 2019, the Overshoot Day for the U.K. was 17 May. To live within our means – to moderate our levels of resource extraction, consumption and the resulting pollution – requires a fundamental shift in our collective behaviour and starts with our own attitudes towards consuming more and more stuff. If we are resourceful in outlook and actions, then we can address the fundamental issue behind the ecological crisis of living beyond our means.

All Related Initiatives

Library of Things

Creating places in the community where you borrow instead of buy items and learn how to use them.

  • Consumerism
  • Depleted resources
  • Greater fairness
  • Circular Economy

The Edible Garden Project

Engaging and educating children about healthy eating; learning how to grow, cook and eat fresh veg.

  • Food supply
  • Consumerism
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Nature
  • Land Use

The Natural Curriculum Hub, Liverpool John Moores University

Promoting the use of Forest School and outdoor learning approaches.

  • Biodiversity loss
  • Consumerism
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Nature

Zero Waste Leeds

Building a movement to help make Leeds a zero waste city by 2030.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Reuse Shop by Bristol Waste

Providing household items to residents by diverting good quality items from the waste stream.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Cumbria Green Build & Sustainable Living Festival

Inspiring ideas for more sustainable homes, communities and businesses.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Depleted resources
  • Buildings
  • Nature
  • Land Use

Upcycle Fashion

Delivering garment repair and upcycling workshops to increase the longevity of clothing.

  • Consumerism
  • Depleted resources
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Plastic Shed

Bringing people together in Stockport to turn plastic waste into new, useful things.

  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

The Artful Menders

Reducing the amount of clothing sent to landfill by repairing, altering and up-cyling the clothes.

  • Carbon emissions
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Toiletries Amnesty

Sharing unwanted toiletries with those in need, stopping them going to landfill.

  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Land Use

Ground Delivery

Reducing plastic and food waste by delivering zero waste groceries.

  • Food supply
  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Transport

Glasgow Wood Recycling

Reducing the amount of wood needlessly going to landfill.

  • Consumerism
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
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