Sunday Supplement

21 December, 2008

If you’re the sort of person to read the Sunday papers with your web browser open, you might be catching up with blogs about Christmas this final Sunday before the big day. In which case, have a glance at today’s Advent Calendar entry for an historical perspective on free trade, fair trade, and FairTrade. What relationship do we have with distant others in consuming?


Where does your Christmas Tree come from and do you care?

Today’s Advent Calendar entry – 19th December – will make you consider just that, as well as how we interact with our own government’s ethical legislation…

A compact but terrific intervention today in NJfC’s Advent Calendar for 18th December, which reminds us not to take the attractiveness of ‘fair trade’ or ‘ethical consumption’ at face value. It’s worth being discriminating, and today’s entry includes a tipsheet on just how to do that!

A ‘Not Just for Christmas‘ thought for the weekend, today’s entry on the NJfC Advent Calendar – you can debate this by starting a thread or by commenting here.

An excellent entry in the NJfC Advent Calendar for today, 11th December, reminds us of one of the most common – and yet still often neglectedrecycling initiatives, and how it is a legacy of material optimism of Modernity.

Credit Crrr-unch Christmas

10 December, 2008

We were reminded the other day of an incident last week which mixed up the two corporate messages of Christmas. The first one is ‘Keep the Christmas spirit alive by buying new gifts’. The second has a slightly new twist: ‘Save our financial year by buying big this Christmas’. This is helped by huge reductions and early seasonal sales. However, the message (despite TV spots and local bulletins) is not how we can have a frugal Christmas but how, by taking advantage of the low prices, we can buy More Things. Yes, that’s right – the credit crunch means more gifts, more packaging, more landfill waiting to happen.

Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the time of year when stores measure the growth (or recovery) that might be promised by Christmas spending. Recovery, it seems,must come at any cost.

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Richard Holloway on NJfC

9 December, 2008

On Monday the Not Just for Christmas Advent Calendar had a terrific contribution from Richard Holloway. Tell us what you think of it, and who you’d like to see on the NJfC site!