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slow consumption

The cure for impulse buying? Slow consumption

Buying fewer, better things can help you lead a more fulfilled, less wasteful life.   “Don’t care how, I want it now!” Looking back, I have the uncomfortable feeling that as a child I might have channelled a bit of the irredeemably entitled anti-heroine Verruca Salt. My parents, being rather more British than normal British people (due to the fact… Read more →

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Slow media: Why unhurried forms of communication are worth the wait

A ‘slow media’ movement is, so to speak, gathering pace.   Once up on a time, you could stay on top of current events without being distracted by clickbait headlines, listicles and notifications. You could keep up with the news, full stop. There wasn’t a 24-hour firehose of tweets and trolls, posts and pundits. Anything described as viral was to be… Read more →

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Breaking the time machine: How to slow the pace of city life

Reclaim urban space by moving through it at your own pace.   The speed of urban life has been noted for centuries. The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau declared the city a “whirlwind” back in 1761. Fast forward two hundred years, and a study in the journal Nature found scientific proof that the “pace of life varies in a regular fashion with… Read more →

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Slow travel: How to see the world without ever boarding a plane

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi   A decade ago I went around the world without flying. A plane-free circumnavigation of the globe. An environmental odyssey. A climate change pilgrimage to explore the world in a grounded and connected way, without a planet-stewing slew of carbon emissions trailing along behind me. It was a… Read more →

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Q&A: Fashion designer Orsola de Castro on the question of slow

Fast fashion is an ugly trend. As the relentless treadmill of new design collections runs ever quicker and cheaper, producers and the planet suffer. So designer Orsola de Castro founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the supply chain. I asked her to share her thoughts on slow fashion.   How does the idea of slow fit… Read more →

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Slow food: How to savour life like a Spaniard

It’s about food that’s good, clean and fair.   In recent years, there’s been a glut of recipe books to help us cook meals in 30 or—god forbid—15 minutes; with five ingredients or just three. Food in a hurry; grub on the go for busy people. In our time-poor world when we all seem to be in constant competition as… Read more →

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A music playlist to help you unwind

There’s nothing like a slow song to get you to loosen up and calm down. So here’s a soundtrack for whenever you want to press pause on life for a little while. Click on individual songs, or listen to the entire playlist on Spotify.   Follow Albert on Instagram at @albertnarath.  Photo credit: Ted Major (header); Nan Palmero (featured) Read more →

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Gut Oggau: These wine people are refreshingly down to earth

In the Austrian market town Oggau lives a family you might recognise, even if you’ve never heard of them. Bertholdi is wise and full of stories, his wife Mechtilde a resolute but kindhearted old dame. Their son Joschuari and his sweet wife Wiltrude have two kids—the popular Atanasius and his shy sister, Theodora, who’s very close to her grandmother. They welcome… Read more →

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From Julia to Jamie and beyond: The frontlines of the food revolution

Along the quiet, narrow streets on the left bank of the Seine, cheesemongers, green grocers, butchers and boulangeries perform the same morning routine day after day, year after year, generation after generation. Shopkeepers, preparing for the day with a typical French mix of both pride and ennui, arrange their wares before the locals arrive to do their daily food shopping. The… Read more →