America's Dopamine-Fueled Shopping Addiction

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Published at : 16 Dec 2020
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Consumerism in the U.S. has reached an all-time high. In 2017, we spent $240 billion on goods such as jewelry, watches, luggage, books, and phones—twice as much as in 2002, even though our population grew by only 13 percent during that time. This is not to mention the 81 pounds of clothes and textiles that each American throws away annually, or the 26 million tons of plastics we collectively dispose of each year.

In a new animated video, writer Alana Semuels describes why shopping is so addictive and emphasizes the urgency in finding an encompassing solution to the problem of wasteful consumerism.

For more on zero waste households:
Zero Waste Home - https://www.youtube.com/user/ZeroWasteHome
Trash is for Tossers - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgjw6tZNyjR_8zIFDsIPpww

For more on capsule wardrobes:
Justine Leconte - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChxkFSjTE7nLCHsDk8_pRhg

For more on doing a year of no shopping:
Cait Flanders on Break the Twitch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUeu6Mj25WM&t=1154s

For more on minimalism:
Matt D'avella - https://www.youtube.com/user/blackboxfilmcompany
Janell Kristina - https://www.youtube.com/user/SimpleCentral
A Small Wardrobe - https://www.youtube.com/asmallwardrobe

For more on sustainable shopping / thrifting:
Kristen Leo - https://www.youtube.com/kristenleotsakou
Bestdressed - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnQhwPVwcP-DnbUZtIMrupw

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