Sometimes, it takes an artist to perfectly make a point. Liang Kegang lives in Beijing, and after a trip to the south of France he returned with something precious – a jar of clean Provence mountain air.
To drive his point home, he auctioned the jar before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors and was paid 5,250 yuan ( $845) for it.
“Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar,” Liang said in an interview. “This is my way to question China’s foul air and express my dissatisfaction.”
ModFruGal says modestly that she’s “not a writer, photographer, or designer… just a gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty,” and that she and her “Crafty Counterpart” husband worked together to build this gorgeous little low waste retreat.
The dimensions were chosen to minimize waste by using standard, big box lumber lengths, and it has been kitted out with repurposed flea market finds.
A social enterprise behind a new ‘ethical’ smartphone, the Fairphone, aims to change that by using conflict-free raw materials for the devices, paying the workers who manufacture them a fair wage, and working to set up e-waste recycling programs for taking care of electronics at the end of their useful life.
Researchers from San Francisco State University surveyed individuals before and after making purchases. They found that before buying an item, people thought it was better value.
However, people surveyed after the purchase said that experiences were both a better use of their money and made them happier. Paying for goods didn’t live up to expected levels of value.