Of the nearly 2.5 billion aspirational consumers around the world, over 90% believe we need to consume less to preserve the environment for future generations while over 70% are excited shopping for new things. These desires may be irreconcilable. Consumption is not investing, nor is it preserving for future generations. We may advocate guilt-free consumption to allow continued indulgence free from worry, but if the inflow of objects is relentless and the shopping continues unabated, we’re simply treating the symptom.

“Each possession has a complex life story, a tale that includes when and where it was made; its acquisition; its placement in the home; its use, including re-purposing or movements around the house; and eventually its removal, which might mean a shift to the garage, a gift to charity, bestowal to a relative, or disposal as trash.” –Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century