What will a sustainable future mean for the way we consume?
How can we fulfill individual needs more sustainably?  What are the impacts of what we consume everyday?  What promising sustainable consuming practices start to be revealed?

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New report - Adopting sustainable diets: opportunities and barriers.

How can sustainable diets become the norm in Europe? This is the question addressed in LiveWell for LIFE's latest report Adopting healthy sustainable diets - key opportunities and barriers. The…Continue

Started by Nora Brüggemann May 29, 2013.

Apply today&see into your future: Spread iFuture online workshop

Reminder: See the future you - iFutureWe welcome you to apply for a unique process to see what your life could be like in 2050. We've done this already in Finland, Germany, Spain & Hungary and…Continue

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Started by Outi Kuittinen Sep 3, 2012.

The Peoples Supermarket - one of the most exciting social enterprises in the UK!! 3 Replies

The four huge supermarket chains in the UK, Tescos, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons, are systematically ruining local and small scale enterprises! At last, here is a supermarket by the people for the…Continue

Started by Sarah Thorne. Last reply by Sarah Thorne Aug 30, 2012.

Research agenda: Contributions from Consumption group

Hello to all discussing and browsing the Consumption group!The SREAD team is currently working on a research agenda for which we wish to identify research questions still unanswered on sustainable…Continue

Started by Oskari Niitamo Aug 16, 2012.

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Comment by Nora Brüggemann on December 8, 2011 at 6:17pm

Great support on how to eat seasonably:

Eat Seasonably celebrates eating the right things at the right time: a crisp salad when it’s hot and sunny, a wholesome stew when it’s cold; strawberries in June, Brussels sprouts in December.

A colourful and easy calender is supporting. Check it out here:

Comment by Julia Nussholz on March 23, 2012 at 3:09pm

"The New sharing Economy" - An interesting research about collaborative consumption

If you are curious to find out about further potential for sharing in our society, this research might be very interesting for you. What are the driving factors for people to share and what are the best new opportunities for sharing (see the picture for their analysis).

And also good to know, “sharing is contagious”... ;)


Find the research findings here:

Comment by Laetitia Mailhes on March 29, 2012 at 6:39pm

Can you imagine a world where our children, and their children's children, have access to plentiful, fresh, wholesome food supplies?

If you're reading this, you probably know what I'm talking about: food is the keystone to sustainable development; it's the most pressing need of the human race; it's also connected to energy, environmental degradation, climate change, you name it.

It's also incrisis. The global food system is highly vulnerable, making whole populations dependent on imports whose prices fluctuate wildly with bad weather on the other side of the globe, or wars that send oil prices through a spin--to name just a couple of factors. It's urgent we went back to basics: promoting local food systems with the capacity to nourish their local communities. That implies giving those communities the right to toil their own land, using their own seeds, and protecting them from the brute force of corporations intent of imposing their agenda. 

At home, in the United States, it's also about growing food that promotes HEALTH, as opposed to destroying it. It's about letting small producers, processors, distributors, do their work without burrying them under the weight of regulations that are designed for (and often, BY) the big guys.

We need sustainable food systems, starting with agriculture practices that nurture nature and people, in order to produce truly nourishing foods. Demand a new public policy that actively supports such practices. Sign this petition. Do it, so that by June, when the Earth Summit (Ro+20) kickstarts in Rio, the US feels the heat from its citizens to champion sustainable agriculture.

Comment by Laetitia Mailhes on March 29, 2012 at 6:56pm

The petition is also available here.

Comment by Julia Nussholz on May 7, 2012 at 5:23pm

This is a German website I recently came across! They provide very helpful hands-on advice and guidebooks on sustainable consumption. And even more, I can look up vegan coffee places or sustainable clothing shops in my neighbourhood ;)

Have a look if there is also a guidebook for your city (only for Germany) and discover sustainable consumption in your surrounding!

Comment by Nora Brüggemann on August 7, 2012 at 1:31pm

My home 2020: Award scheme of the consumer electronics fair 2012

The German consumer elecontrics fair IFA wants to learn about your ideas about how consumer electronics will shape our future.

The best ideas will be awarded at this year's IFA's official award ceremony. 

Young people aged 12-27 can hand in their ideas for the IFA 2020.

Drawings, collages, photos, videos or alike can be sent in to:

by mail to:

by post to:
music media park e.V. | Linienstr. 115 | 10115 Berlin

Check the following page for more information:  (unfortunately in German only).

Comment by Rosa Groezinger on November 14, 2012 at 3:13pm

Did you know that today is the "Global Sharing Day"? Check out what is happening here and of cause: Share!

Comment by Nora Brüggemann on April 29, 2013 at 11:37am

Simple guidelines for a sustainable future for fashion
"They offer some creative and thoughtful solutions to inspire more sustainable choices. Mix and match the guidelines to suit your individual lifestyle, possibilities and needs." Check it out here:


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SPREAD 2050 Conference: Catalyzing Action - Join in the discussion and influence the program!

Posted by Mari Orjasniemi on October 23, 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

The final conference of SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 will be held on November 26-27 2012 in Brussels.

The findings of the SPREAD 2050 project will be showcased and discussed during the two day conference. It is a possibility to hear the first hand results of the SPREAD 2050 project. Emphasis is on how the findings can be turned into action.

You have a chance to influence how the conference…



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