The Cycle of Production and Consumption – Less is More

Thought provoking video sent to me by my friend Nick. Talks about how consumerism and over-consumption in the west is not sustainable.

Ever notice how you felt you needed to have something and when you finally got it, the good feeling didn’t last long and then your attention moved to the next thing you felt you needed to have. Our ever increasing consumption is ravaging our planet, but does having more possessions actually make us happy? I don’t know anyone who became a happier person by acquiring more stuff. There are lots of studies that back this up.

“Happiness is not to have more, but to be more” Yves Cochet, Environment Minister France 1991-2001

My wife and I are making a concerted effort to reduce our own consumption and over the last few years we have realized we are more interested in collecting experiences than collecting stuff.

What about you. What makes you happy?

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3 Responses to The Cycle of Production and Consumption – Less is More
  1. […] talking minimalism these days, and I just found this excellent video that brings up some interesting questions about our wild consumption habits and how it affects […]

  2. Michael Sonka
    July 1, 2011 | 19:03

    I saw this video a while ago, it sure does bring up some interesting thoughts and ideas.  

  3. Eliot Burdett
    July 2, 2011 | 11:09

    Glad it was useful. Thanks for dropping by Michael.

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