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#EnoughStuff Episode 5: Happy 2019!!

https://youtu.be/lHOQuvyEn8Q We’re back with that one simple question we won’t stop asking America: “Do I have enough stuff for now?” Well, we don’t ask it. We ask people to ask it of themselves, because ultimately, it’s a question only you can answer! We get all sorts of opposite answers from people, and we love them all. Simply asking the question, do I have #EnoughStuff, is insightful to start the conversation. When Anna [...]

By |January 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

#EnoughStuff Episode 4: How Can I Never Not Have Enough Stuff?

https://youtu.be/H4W8wwyWtHU Maybe you’re thinking that we’re plumb loco because we adore all answers to our famous question, no matter what they are. On our previous #EnoughStuff episode, Ange told us how she’s done with accumulating material possessions and instead prefers focus on the people and experiences that truly bring her joy. This month, Matt interviews Alan, who believes the opposite! “I believe you can always have more stuff,” he says. Alan is [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

#EnoughStuff Episode 3: Ange & What’s Important To Her

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvbsjxX1Cbg&t=25s What’s really important in life? Is it friends and family? Is it health and happiness? Or is it how much stuff and material possessions you own? And the answer is different for everyone! For our latest #EnoughStuff episode, Matt talks with Ange, who shares how her belief in what’s important has changed over the years. At 71, she’s no longer concerned about accumulating “all this stuff I should have to show [...]

By |October 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

#EnoughStuff Episode 2: Scott & His Phone

http://youtu.be/aBPx844zhDU We have a street interview host! His name is Matt and he has a passion for getting people to ask themselves our one and only question for America, "Do I have #EnoughStuff for now?" In this week's video, we get an extended look at Matt's conversation with Scott, who has found that his phone has allowed him to declutter to a certain extent. If you have the opportunity to do so [...]

By |July 11th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

#EnoughStuff Episode 1: Angelo, Ryan & Kelauni

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoUrgLRxBDM   We hit the streets in Pittsburgh to ask neighbors to ask themselves one question: "Do I have #EnoughStuff for now?" We met up with Angelo, Ryan, and Kelauni. Their answers were all unique, and at the end of the day, we don't give a hoot, a darn, or even a fig about what their answers were, as long as they asked themselves our question, if only one time! Follow along [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Serenity or Scarcity? The Potential Stress of Simplicity.

We hear a lot about the virtues and values of simple, less, and minimal. While living in a tiny house or liquidating most possessions in order to go cross-country backpacking may be exciting for some, these scenarios don’t work for most Americans. In fact, paring down is nearly impossible for mainstream consideration, let alone maintaining the stringent requirements sometimes associated with specific movements. As it turns out, having less doesn’t automatically yield more [...]

Mainstream & upscale-friendly, but how exactly?

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. - Leonardo da Vinci What Do We Mean by "Upscale-Friendly?" Most people usually feel somewhat defensive about their consumption choices, as though they’re going to be judged or calibrated, and worry some aspects may not measure up. Perhaps they’ve felt excluded previously from other philosophies that include absolutes. Some movements exist in silos, while others seem too extreme to be accessible - let alone manageable - for everyday [...]

Transforming the Paradigm: The New Postconsumers

“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” - Henry David Thoreau For many of us, the month of September marks new beginnings. The crisp air and return of school bells usher in the excitement of seeing old friends, freshening up routines, and anticipating the work ahead. By experiencing the satisfaction of enough, we’re able to do more with less. Preparing for change [...]

By |September 13th, 2017|Categories: Becoming a Postconsumer, Consumerism, Inspiration, Quotes|Tags: , , |

When Buying a New Dining Room Table Means Buying Everything Else New

  Today we thought we’d write an article that addresses one of our favorite quotes from a mother of a Postconsumers team member. One day, pensively, the mother said, “You know, it used to be that if you needed to replace your dining room table, you bought one that matched the rest of the dining room. Now, people just buy a dining room table that they like on a whim and then they [...]

By |May 30th, 2017|Categories: Becoming a Postconsumer, Consume Less, Consumerism|Tags: |

The Consumerism of Silicon Valley: Is the Future Being Built on “Stuff?”

  Silicon Valley. It’s the Los Angeles of the new generation, where tech stars are the new rock stars. And it’s the area of the country that prides itself on saying that it’s shaping the future of not only America but also the world. We can’t deny that the brightest of the bright are spearheading innovations out of Silicon Valley that really will change the way that the world operates. We’re blown away [...]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Consumerism|Tags: , |
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