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Somebody Else's Problem : Consumerism, Sustainability & Design (Paperback) (Robert Crocker)
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Consumerism involves a unique way of thinking that promises a shortcut to a "better" life, obtained through a continuous process of accumulating certain fashionable goods and services. Over the last few decades, this has resulted in a rising tide of cheap, short-lived goods produced, used and discarded in increasingly rapid cycles, along the way depleting resources and degrading environmental systems.Somebody Else’s Problem calls for a radical change in how we think about our material world, and how we design, make and use the products and services we need. Rejecting the idea that individuals alone are responsible for the environmental problems we face, it challenges us to look again at the systems we take for granted in daily life, and their cumulative role in our environmental crisis.The author presents an overview of the main forces giving rise to modern consumerism, looks more closely at today’s accelerating consumption patterns, and asks why older, more custodial patterns of consumption are in decline. The author concludes with a recommendation of new ways of designing, making and using goods and services that can reduce our excess consumption, but still contribute to a good and meaningful life.
Number of Pages: 214
Genre: Business + Money Management, Technology
Sub-Genre: Development / Sustainable Development, Industrial Design / General
Publisher: Stylus Pub Llc
Author: Robert Crocker
Street Date: November 30, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-9490
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