EVERY DAY, container-loads of cheap consumer goods arrive at our ports from China and elsewhere. Despite the occasional whispers in the press about sweatshops and child labour, we scarcely pause in force-feeding our seemingly insatiable appetite to consume. We act as if what we buy had been made by robots, not by flesh-and-blood human beings.

Rampant consumerism is a symptom of a global economy driven by the growth imperative; it is, by definition, unsustainable. Given the many challenges facing humankind it is clear that we need to find another, sustainable way of meeting our needs, but where ...


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