Obsessive Consumption

Obsessive Consumption

When I received the book "Obsessive Consumption" in the mail I found myself sitting quietly for quite some time flipping through it. Kate Bingaman-Burt did a wonderful job of drawing things that she purchased everyday for three years, and it really made me think.

It is powerful to ponder about how little daily choices (not only in the consumption category, but other areas as well) add up to a much greater whole and in many ways define and shape who we are. It can be tricky at times and we are far from perfect, but in the past few years we have become much more conscious about our daily choices, and it has been empowering.

Have you changed the way you consume lately?

See more about the book here.

Obsessive Consumption

5 comments:

Mary said...

Sounds (and looks) like an interesting book. I often think about how many things we accumulate. I donate bags of stuff every other month, and yet I don't really remember buying very much! Every little bit adds up. I often think of this, too, as I read so many blogs that focus on "things". Thanks for the reminder!

Claire said...

I've just got this too and I absolutely love it! Amazing how everyday items seem so interesting in this book, and the illustrations are just gorgeous.

Claire
http://sittingprettyatmydesk.blogspot.com/

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

I'm yet to watch this show but it is on my to do list. Can't wait!

kanmuri said...

Obsessive consumption, "what did I buy today? This book about obsessive consumption..." Ironic, don't you think ;) Looks like a nice book tho

Jane Flanagan said...

For 2 years in a row, I've done an 8-week spending fast and I find that this makes me very aware of how I'm spending money and what my motivations are when I buy. I can't say it's broken me of all my bad habits. I still sometimes get swept up by the latest lovely thing I see in a blog. But I have walked away from more things.

Next I'd like to think more about how I spend on essentials (I've mostly focused on the non-essential purchases) and also on my saving, rather than, spending habits.

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