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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Plastic fantastic

Plastic; marketed since the 20th century as the material to take us screaming out of the dark ages with our uncivilised reliance on natural resources, and into the glossy, multicoloured world of polymers. Gone is the time needed for wood to mature, the inconvenience of mining for metal ore, and the complexity of glass manufacture,…

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New Age?

Every civilisation in society has a leading drive. The Egyptians believed in gods that would protect them, medieval societies believed that jousting and pillaging would give them untold riches, and the industrial age told us that coal would be the end of all labour. While our society is currently hailing technology as our saviour, we’re…

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Christmas

Tis the season to buy extravagantly, eat lavishly and waste excessively. The Western ideologies of buy more, spend more have shoved Christmas’s religious cause in the attic along with the Easter egg decorations. A handful of people will traipse to the nearby church for that one day a year and for the rest of the…

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