Merchants of Greed

The providers of cheap goods, the convenience demagogues, the prophets of accessibility and the grim reaper of family owned business. Since the 1950s, supermarkets have held our high streets and wallets to ransom by a thin veneer of vinyl signage professing low prices and big deals to distract from the sterilisation of regional culture on…

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Capitalism vs Sustainability

Capitalism and sustainability. Both are vague, slippery words that evade simple definitions. They conjure up a soup of jargon and ideological catchphrases, shoehorned into political addresses and calls for action. Free market, divestment, ecological preservation, free trade, stock exchange, assets, resources, ethical consumerism, conscious consumerism, free consumerism, resource-based economy, competition. Capitalism? Sustainability? The two have…

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It costs to be conscious

Snap back to the 1980s when the first environmentally friendly lightbulbs came to market. The compact fluorescent bulb, hailing more efficiency with a third of the energy usage than the conventional incandescent. A little more expensive, but served as an investment into your cheaper to run and brighter home. But from underneath the lacklustre glow…

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Choices of a bygone era

Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ induces cringing grimaces as you’re forcibly reminded of hairstyles, relationships and wardrobe decisions of the past – whoever decided this feature clearly never opted for the side-fringe of the naughties. Unlike what Facebook assumes we want to see, most of us prefer to shed remnants of our past lives in search…

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