Sustainability - Most Commented

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Greed as a disease

Nov 12, 2007
America's consumer economy may be a symptom of a bigger illness -- and it could be killing us all. As a species, we simply don't know what to do with all this excess, says prominent UCLA researcher Dr. Peter Whybrow.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Speeding up the consumerism treadmill

Nov 12, 2007
Consumption has nearly doubled in the U.S., and fashion leads the way. One growing retail fashion chain, H&M, specializes in budget knockoffs of high-end clothing, with inventory coming in daily. Amy Scott reports from the shopping frenzy.
Posted In: Economy

Crisco: A marketing revolution

Nov 12, 2007
Crisco is a staple in many American kitchens and a must-have for homemade pies. But it's also an invented food made by chemists, and the story of how the white stuff became a must-have has become a marketing legend. Sarah Gardner reports.

A marketing battle of wants vs. needs

Nov 12, 2007
Global consumer spending has skyrocketed in the past two decades. But is advertising to blame? Do we all simply want more stuff, or do we need it for our high-speed modern lifestyles? It's a little of both, says marketing expert Kit Yarrow.
Posted In: Retail

Tess' trash tour

Nov 9, 2007
We take our trash to the curb, but where does it go after that? Tess Vigeland rides along with her neighborhood garbage man to find out.

An average family? Meet the Simpsons

Nov 9, 2007
What if everybody in the world consumed like the "average" American family? Sean Cole went in search of that family to find out how much they consume in a given week or month. He didn't have to look too far.

What hungry consumerism leaves behind

Nov 9, 2007
If a port is the mouth of America's consumer economy, the landfill is the other end. Tess Vigeland reports on the people and places wrestling with the question of what to do with all the waste.

Feeding America's consumer appetite

Nov 9, 2007
Kai Ryssdal begins our series with a visit to the Port of Long Beach. You could say it's the mouth of a consumer economy that's getting hungrier and hungrier. He talks with the port's Art Wong about its continuing growth.

The fix is in decline

Nov 9, 2007
How did everything suddenly switch from repairable to disposable and what does that mean for your local handyman? Sean Cole visits fix-it shops to get some answers.

Meet the freegans

Nov 9, 2007
More than 10 percent of trash is food, but would you be willing to take a bite? Tess Vigeland trolls for the edible gems in the garbage of Manhattan with the freegans.

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