Resources

Here's a list of our favorite resources, including videos, books, tips, and commentary. If you have suggestions for items to add, please let us know!

Conscious Consumer Shopping Guide

For tips on buying responsibly, check out our Conscious Consumer Shopping Guide, which covers everyday items from baby goods to seafood.

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Weaving a Sustainable Future: An Interview with Gay Nicholson

The founder of Sustainable Tompkins in New York State talks about how she's helped her community lay the groundwork for sustainability.

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Artist Critiques Social Norms and Our Consumer Culture

Undermining the status quo with provocative artwork and a healthy dose of wit and humor.

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How Many Slaves Are Working For You?

A new website and mobile app looks at your purchases and determines the amount of forced labor that's gone into everything you own.

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VIDEO: Collaborative Consumption Groundswell

Just how large and far-reaching is the groundswell toward collaborative consumption? Learn more in this dynamic video from Rachel Botsman.

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New Report Calls for Policy Innovations to Achieve Sustainable Prosperity in the U.S.

Entire sets of assumptions, beliefs, and practices will need to be overturned if the United States is to build a sustainable economy, Worldwatch says.

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Arrested! Voices from the Front Lines of the Tar Sands Protests

Exclusive video and powerful testimony from what has been called the largest act of civil disobedience in the United States in decades.

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Fostering Connection and Resilience Through Common Security Clubs

Two Boston graduate students are building community and increasing their personal security through participation in a local Common Security Club.

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Copia: Snapshots of Consumer Culture

How much do we shop? And what is it doing to us? Photographer Brian Ulrich explores these questions in a new series.

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Finding Our Way Out of the Sprawl: An Interview with Mark Valentine

A sustainability consultant talks about the livability challenges facing U.S. communities today and the glimmers of hope he sees around the country.

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Collaborative Consumption: A Snapshot of Examples

An extensive list of more than 1,000 examples of "collaborative consumption" from all corners of the world.

On the Web: http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/the-movement/snapshot-of-examples.php

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New Infographic Shows Our "Hyper Consumption"

One of the root causes of our environmental problems is hyper consumption. We simply buy too much of what we don't really need.

On the Web: http://visualoop.tumblr.com/post/6979154074/consumerism-stats-exclusive-infographic

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Sailing Simplicity: My American Dream

In 2008, Teresa Carey left her job, sold many of her belongings, and moved aboard a 27-foot sailboat to pursue her dream of simpler living.

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Work Sharing: The Quick Route Back to Full Employment

In the current economic climate, work sharing may be the most effective way to avoid many layoffs and quickly return the economy to full employment.

On the Web: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/work-sharing-the-quick-route-back-to-full-employment

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Tags: Redefining the dream

First Earth: Uncompromising Ecological Architecture

A documentary film about a paradigm shift to building healthy homes in ancient ways.

On the Web: http://www.davidsheen.com/firstearth/

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Tags: Collaborative communities

Consumerism, Values, and What Really Matters: An Interview with Tim Kasser

Psychologist Tim Kasser describes his work on materialism and values, and how he’s tried to resist consumer pressures in his own life.

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Tags: Beyond consumerism

Reinventing Finance: From Wall Street to Main Street

A new report calls for a banking system based on local financial institutions that are transparent, accountable, and rooted in community.

On the Web: http://neweconomyworkinggroup.org/report/how-liberate-america-wall-street-rule

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Tags: Collaborative communities, Local economy

How to Stage a Clothes Swap

At these friendly social gatherings, one person’s discard is another one’s treasure.

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Tags: Collaborative communities

Voluntary Simplicity: Reimagining the Good Life Beyond Consumer Culture

A new analysis of "voluntary simplicity" dispels some common criticisms that it is an escapist, hippie, or leisure-expansion movement.

On the Web: http://simplicitycollective.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/IntroductionToVoluntarySimplicity.doc1.pdf

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Visualizing the Profit in Sharing

A new infographic looks inside our homes at all the assets that can be shared, rented, and swapped through Collaborative Consumption marketplaces.

On the Web: http://www.collaborativeconsumption.com/insider-blog/archives/infographic_the_collaborative_home.php

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Tags: Collaborative communities

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