Concordia Student Union / Campaigns / Anti-Consumerism

“Life improves dramatically when the pursuit of consumerism is gone”

Anti-Consumerism Week at Concordia is a week-long event series aimed at consuming less, empowering you to Do It Yourself (DIY) more, questioning the economic systems failing us, and inspiring our community to adopt a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Fist held in the fall of 2014, anti-consumerism week has become an annual CSU event, organized for 3 consecutive years. At the center of the week is a clothing swap, which organizes the collection of thousands of second hand clothes from students for the month prior to anti-consumerism week in order to redistribute them to hundreds of students as the week’s climax. Examples of other events include: cider on a shoestring budget, DIY kombucha, frugal filmmaking, and outdoor winter hikes.  Anti-consumerism week has consistently been met with high attendance and interest; it is one of the few event series at Concordia aimed at providing free skills trainings.

Photo: Tom Pennington
Text: The Simplicity Collective

 Book Suggestions
– La simplicité volontaire, plus que jamais by Serge Mongeau
– No Logo by Naomi Klein
– Empire of Illusions, by Chris Hedges
– The Post Carbon Reader by Bill McKibben and al.
– Nickled and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

 Documentary Films and Series
– The Corporation (2001)
– What Would Jesus Buy? (2008)
– Hot Coffee (2011)
– Surviving Progress (2011)
– Darwin’s Nightmare (2004)