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Consumerism Kills

/r/Anticonsumption is a sub primarily for criticizing and discussing consumer culture. This includes but is not limited to material consumption, the environment, media consumption, and corporate influence.

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03:55 UTC


Earth Day Sales

I had given my contact info to this company years ago because I was interested in their products (I haven't bought a single one so it was pretty pointless) and I still get messages about their promotions. What a shame that Earth Day is used to promote consumption.

02:37 UTC


Retiring my fav 10 y/o sleep shirt to rag duty o7

Got it as a gift when I first got into DW, and wore it religiously. After a few years became my favourite sleep shirt, as it was bit oversized and super soft. No longer wearable as it has reached titty out status due to the now fragile cloth ripping everytime I wear it. Today im ripping it into rags to help with spring cleaning.

I love being able to find clothes that I can wear for years and repurpose until the end of its life, even if it falls out of my style <3

22:27 UTC


The Rise of the Buyerarchy (of Needs)

21:27 UTC


"Biggering", the greatest anti-consumption song that never was

Context: "Biggering" is a musical number cut from Illumination's "Lorax" adaptation, being replaced in the final cut by the heavily-memed "How Bad Can I Be?" The reason for this change is debated, with the official reason being that it was too intense and complex for children, whereas critics of this choice say that Illumination made the decision to avoid painting the harms of overconsumption and corporate greed in a realistic way. It truly is an excellent song, and in my opinion represents the soul of the original Suess message better than anything in the final movie. I highly encourage everyone to listen, regardless of how you feel about "The Lorax" I'm sure you'll take something away it.

18:55 UTC


Retained heat cooking

Does anyone use retained heat cooking techniques to save on the cooking cost?

Retained heat is also known as thermal cooking, wonderbag cooking, wonderbox cooking, hay box cooking, also fireless cooking.

It is a great way to cook steel cut oats in the morning and I'm wondering who else uses these energy saving methods?

If you do use these methods, what particular method do you use and why did you choose that method?

18:08 UTC


eWaste Documentary Rec's

I'm in charge of picking an eWaste documentary for an upcoming Earth Day activity at my office. Looking for rec's to educate & inspire - ideally 30-40 mins!

17:26 UTC


Hardware. Specifically in industry

In my job, we go thru a LOT of hardware due to rehab projects happening frequently. One thing I've noticed is the amount of plastic used to wrap hardware. I also frequently see bags that hold maybe 5 bolts each? And it produces an insane amount of plastic waste. Some boxes do come in only the cardboard box and all ~400 pieces of hardware have a plastic lining which is better but still.

There have been exceptions, spanner nut lock washers I've seen sometimes have paper and cardboard wrapped. I assume there has to be a better alternative but idk, just seems goofy as hell.

16:13 UTC


What can I use old glass jars for?

Just not a terrarium.

14:42 UTC


The amount of waste that goes on in school cafeterias

There’s 2-3 strawberries per package. These are the ones that were brought home so they wouldn’t go in the trash.

13:43 UTC


Are vacuum cleaners even necessary?

I've been having some great results just using a dry microfiber floor mop to collect all dust and things before mopping regularly. Just use a normal dustbin to pick everything up when it's collected. Mops are cheaper, don't need to be refilled, and don't make so much damn noise. Plus, they're great for getting in tough corners and under beds. They're not all great, though. Vacuum cleaners are still better in some areas.

I was just wondering what your experience with this is and if you know any products that are great substitutes for vacuum cleaners. I know you can just a pet hair broom for carpets.

EDIT: I should've mentioned I'm referring to hardwood floors.

12:04 UTC


Yes it is...

This crap drives me mad, trying to manipulate perspective on shopping. Just call it a damn cashier.

03:49 UTC


Repurpose for cat litter boxes

I absolutely love collecting (low key hoarding..) these amazing, thick heavy-duty bags! You know, the ones you usually find for frozen foods or miscellaneous bulk items. They are beyond perfect for scooping out those pesky cat boxes. And let me tell you, they can hold quite a bit of weight! Plus, they're so thick that no smells can leak through. Isn't that just fantastic? Plus they come in handy often for other tasks.

Oh, and here's another little trick I've picked up along the way. I break down those small boxes, like the 12-pack soda boxes, and flatten them out. Then, I use them as a liner in the cat box. But not just any liner! I soak them in white vinegar first, sandwich them together, and then sprinkle some cat litter on top. When the kitties do their business, the white vinegar works its magic and neutralizes that pesky uric acid, which is responsible for that oh-so-distinctive odor. The cardboard also helps absorb any extra liquid, that normally pools and collects/clumps at the bottom of the litter. So bonus is that means I don't have to worry about wasting additional clumping litter, and eliminates the need for scented litter 🤢😷. Talk about a simple, natural, quick and easy clean-up!

Now, let's talk about the "cat boxes" I use. They're about 24 inches by 18 inches, and they are heavy-duty plaster mixing tubs from the wall department of the big-name hardware store. They only cost around $6 each! Not only are they incredibly durable and practical, but they're also a breeze to clean. Oh, and here's a little secret - an extra one with some well-placed drilled holes works wonders as a sifter too!

So, there you have it! With these little tips and tricks, you can keep your beloved pussycat happy and content, save coins and reduce consumption. 😉😻🐈‍⬛

17:50 UTC


Replaceable batteries are better than rechargeable

There are many reasons for this, but to me, the key benefits are

1)replacing batteries is quicker than recharging

2)you can use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones anyways

3)the device isn't dead or costly to repair when the rechargeable battery dies.

Are there any good counterpoints?

17:07 UTC


An embarrassing realisation

Growing up my parents were very, very wasteful (partly due to being stretched for time and partly for the sake of it so that they wouldn't be 'woke' 🙃) so I've had to learnt new skills and mindsets as an adult.

My youngest child is visually impaired and so we have A LOT of light up, musical, type plastic toys. All of them are second hand so I thought I was being responsible. Her teacher for the blind was at our house recently and commented how great all these toys were for her development but that we must go through alot of batteries. I laughed along but didn't know what she meant. Only later did the penny drop that you're not supposed to throw them away when they run out of battery, you just.... put new batteries in.

Feel like an absolute fool, but it's not mistake I will make again and at least it makes me appreciate how far I've fome from what my own parents taught me.

Edit: I used the word woke in quotation marks to get the idea across but obviously in the 90s/00s or even now this wouldn't be the language they use but I used it to get the point across. They were and still are vehemently against things like recycling, reducing electricity consumption or reducing food waste because to do so would be pathetic and for my father they would also be feminine. They also see not doing the above things as showing that they are not submitting to 'authority' 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️. They must replace some batteries but treat a lot of items as disposable, once the batteries run out they throw the item away and buy a new one.

Edit number 2: I wasn't trying to blame what I did on my parents, just provide context for my actions. I posted because we're all learning, and even when I've learnt and put practice buying almost no new plastic products, not flying in 10+ years, have reduced food waste to almost nothing, use mainly public transport etc. I still managed to do something as utterly ludicrous as throw away toys because I didn't realise you're supposed to change batteries. I'm sure I've got tons more to learn but hopefully nothing as stupidly obvious as this!

16:03 UTC


Had a baby last year. Mother will not stop buying her things despite my best efforts. How would you approach this?

Major preface here: I am extremely thankful that my mother is happy to have a grandkid and am not trying to be ungrateful for her gifts at all. Here's the situation:

My mother is a compulsive spender -- used to have a bad shopping and drug addiction when I was a kid, and buying things is definitely her main way of showing affection. This used to be a major problem growing up, among other things. I only recently started talking to her more regularly because despite our issues, I thought it was unfair to rob my kid of a grandparent just because I had a problematic past with her, and unfair to rob her of a grandkid.

She has improved a lot since then, and I won't take that away from her. But she still cannot help but try to "pay her way" so to speak, as a show of affection. She has never been good at showing affection in any other way.

I knew when we had our daughter that inevitably, family and loved ones would want to buy things for her. We made it a point early on to not make it a mystery the kind of things that would be most helpful to have -- we insist that no one needs to buy anything at all, but if they don't like that answer, we suggest secondhand clothes especially if they're more gender neutral because we plan on having more children in the future.

This isn't just about my desire to avoid wasteful purchases -- we live on a small homestead in an old home that doesn't have much storage space. But I will not lie, a big part of it is because I grew up being showered in material goods while simultaneously being neglected in some pretty basic ways, and I just don't like the concept of purchases = affection as a result.

My mother will not stop buying things for my baby. Worse is that it's relatively cheap manufactured goods that I just don't want her to have. It started with a stuffed animal. I said thank you, didn't complain even though I had told her recently that she has way too many handmade stuffed animals already. Then she started sending clothes. This started really becoming a problem because honestly a lot of them aren't practical (hard to put on, harder to clean, big ruffles and bows etc.) and I doubt we'll ever use them. At this point I said thank you but mentioned to please not send anymore clothes, we do not have the space and she already has more than she needs. The response was "I'm sorry, I can't help it." I'm really regretting giving her my address at this point.

We live in another state so I've been trying to think of ways I can give my mother an easy avenue of showing her affection. I don't want to just tell her she can't do anything and rob her of the feeling of doing something nice/supportive. But I am getting really sick of the high volumes of completely useless baby things I'm getting, and it makes me feel like complete crap that I will probably end up donating a lot of it just so it doesn't go to waste/take up space.

Anyone have anything similar with family members once you had a baby? I'd appreciate any ideas you'd have on how to approach this situation gently.

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for the awesome suggestions, I really appreciate it! I will be telling my mother that we would really appreciate her contributing to a savings account for the baby versus buying her things, and that from now on, any unexpected/random purchases are going to be donated.

15:58 UTC


Mylar Earth Day Balloons

Celebrate earth day with a plastic that takes hundreds of years to decompose.

11:53 UTC


Disposable pet food bowls

23:46 UTC


If the economy gets to where people can only afford housing, groceries and water/gas/electricity. How can it function?

Inflation is already getting to high to where people are mostly splurging on groceries and staying within their means. They may have streaming services and games for entertainment, but people aren’t buying brand new cars or jewelry as much. So, what happens if this happens to everyone middle and lower class? How would billionaires continue this “unlimited growth” once they hit a wall? Do they not understand that people cannot be consumers when housing cost up to 70% of their income?

23:15 UTC


Is Wearing Second-Hand Really That Scary?

In my early teenage years, I never told people my clothes were second-hand. I didn’t want them to think I was too poor to afford new clothes, which was ironic because I actually couldn’t!

When you grow up with this mindset, new clothes take on a different meaning.They become symbols of status and a way to boost self-esteem, showing everyone that you have ‘made it’.

Thankfully, teenagers nowadays are embracing second-hand. But back when I was their age, there was a lot of social pressure to wear certain new brands or styles.

It takes great strength to go against the grain as a teenager, and I think it might be even harder to do so in adulthood.

What are some of the reasons why you or other people you know don't wear secondhand?

How do you respond to these objections?

20:52 UTC


This goes here

18:23 UTC


help me with an idea

hey! i live in a very densely populated college town, on a frat-specific street (me and roommates are just normal people, lol, we didn’t go to a college with Greek life) and of course, every weekend with nice weather there are hundreds and hundreds of drunk 19 year olds littering in our streets.

This morning i woke up to my street full of “borgs” something which i must assume is some new trend to fill a milk jug with alcohol and juice. This brings me to my idea- i was thinking for the summer, when i could, I would sit on my porch with a cooler full of water and offer free drinks to the kids if they pick up and throw away 5 or however many pieces of trash.

Already it’s warm enough that kids are sweating and needing water, and I had been trying to think of the best way to contribute positively to this awful culture (lol).

Only problem is cups for the water. Is there a reliable company that sells purely paper cups, with no plastic lining inside? Or, if you have a better idea for this situation, let me know. Thanks :)

TLDR ways to combat littering in on a frat street

15:44 UTC



14:30 UTC


Oh look at me Redditors! I’m so relatable

14:27 UTC


Ironic Object.

I'll take 50!

13:46 UTC


Role model

12:17 UTC

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