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Consumed

By Aja Barber
Consumed by Aja Barber digital book - Fable

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A call to action for consumers everywhere, Consumed asks us to look at how and why we buy what we buy, how it's created, who it benefits, and how we can solve the problems created by a wasteful system. 


We live in a world of stuff. We dispose of most of it in as little as six months after we receive it. The byproducts of our quest to consume are creating an environmental crisis. Aja Barber wants to change this--and you can, too. 
 

In Consumed, Barber calls for change within an industry that regularly overreaches with abandon, creating real imbalances in the environment and the lives of those who do the work—often in unsafe conditions for very low pay—and the billionaires who receive the most profit. A story told in two parts, Barber exposes the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the textile industry, one which brokered slavery, racism, and today’s wealth inequality. Once the layers are peeled back, Barber invites you to participate in unlearning, to understand the truth behind why we consume in the way that we do, to confront the uncomfortable feeling that we are never quite enough and why we fill that void with consumption rather than compassion. Barber challenges us to challenge the system and our role in it. The less you buy into the consumer culture, the more power you have. Consumed will teach you how to be a citizen and not a consumer. 

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38 Reviews

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Thinking Face“I deeply enjoyed this book. It was, for me, the best of nonfiction: tons of relevant and well-researched information that was both a review of what I already know plus plenty of new, shocking truths about our world, written by an author with a sense of humor that neither tries too hard nor detracts from the topic. Plus, Aja Barber inspires to invest in the long game of understanding and changing our consuming habits. I'm grateful to her for all the work she wove into this book. 🧵”
Easy to readFunny writingThought-provoking
“A lot of the information in this book was not necessarily new to me, and some of it is better suited to someone who is just beginning to learn about capitalism, the climate crisis, and racial justice, but it’s always important to be reminded of the scale of the problem, and to center the people most harmed by unchecked consumption and fast fashion (garment workers, the global south generally). Everyone (but particularly those of us in wealthy western countries) should heed Barber’s call to examine their own consumption habits, perception of wealth and sense of lacking, and what really drives the compulsion to buy large quantities of cheaply made items we don’t need.”
Thought-provoking

About Aja Barber

Writer and consultant Aja Barber hails from Reston, Virginia, and currently lives in London with her husband and their two cats. Consumed is her debut, a treatise on the intersection of fashion, climate change, and social justice. After publicly announcing that she would not use fast fashion companies to sponsor her social media presence, Aja is now considered to be an expert voice in this space. You can find some of her writing on Instagram, and more of it on Patreon, where readers support her work.
 

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