Sustainable Production, Consumption, and Disposal

50 Chapter Reflections

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  1. Are you familiar with each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals? Get to know them better in this short introduction video of the SDGs.
  2. As consumers we are often faced with the question (or dilemma) of what to do with our “stuff” when we’re done with it. Throw it away? Add to the landfills in and around our cities? Donate? Repurpose? One popular form of disposal is called “lateral cycling.” Explore lateral cycling as a marketing concept and a lifestyle related to anti-consumerist movements.
  3. What do upcycling and Habitat for Humanity have in common? Explore the Habitat for Humanity website to learn more about how upcycling factors into their building and design practices.
  4. How does “Upcycle That” turn peoples’ trash into treasures? How can disposable consumer products be repositioned into luxury purchases? Learn more about Upcycle That’s community and marketplace.
  5. Watch this video related to lateral cycling that shows how one woman created a movement by re-purposing children’s’ dolls. What is marketing’s responsibility when it comes to disposal options and designing for longevity?
  6. What does it say about our consumption habits that in Canada alone, the food waste problem costs us $31 billion? We buy and we waste. We buy more, and then waste more. Why is there such a need for abundance, and can we change our behaviours and attitudes towards food waste to help reduce the negative impacts it has on climate change? This is by far one of the most concerning issues around food waste. Watch this video where John Oliver tackles the food waste problem in the US. As a consumer, which aspects of the food waste problem troubles you the most? What changes would you like to see in…yourself, society, and government to help address the problems of food waste? How are marketers responsible for contributing to the problem and what can they do to eliminate it?
  7. What are the consequences of advertising to children? Consider food marketing: what impact does advertising junk food have on children? What about toys? What standards and expectations do these create in children and how can advertising to children evolve into excessive consumption? Learn more about Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act. Do you think banning advertisements to children could curb excessive consumption in our society? What role can legislation play in changing attitudes and behaviours in society?
  8. See Green America’s 9 Cool Ways to Avoid Sweatshops. Discuss how a marketing campaign could be devised to persuade more corporations to actively avoid the use of sweatshops for production.
  9. Perhaps one of the most unique campaigns of 2016 came from Patagonia, a well-known brand committed to sustainability, who actually encouraged consumers to NOT purchase their products. Imagine that! This Drum article discusses the campaign and Patagonia’s embrace of anti-consumerism with the intent to inspire more conscious consumption. Discuss Patagonia’s anti-consumerism: can the brand attract more consumers by encouraging them to “buy less”? Will Patagonia inspire consumers to engage in more “conscious consumption”?
  10. What can we learn about Aritzia’s marketing campaign around the release of the Super Puff? Explore Geraldine Sebastian’s article, “Super Pumped for the Super Puff: The Rise of Aritzia via Social Media” and discuss a range of consumer behaviour concepts covered in this textbook so far:
    • The role of celebrity influencers and specifically Kendall Jenner’s paid partnership with Aritzia.
    • How the balance theory of attitudes influences (young/teenage) consumers through celebrity endorsements.
    • Aritzia’s product line extension strategy and the launch of Mr. Super Puff.
    • The role Aritzia plays in fueling fast fashion and how the brand can avoid criticism in contributing to consumer capitalism.


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