What British sofa beds – or the lack thereof – tell us about the ’empire of things’

by Rashmee

Posted on January 2, 2021


I have been trying – and failing – to buy a sofa bed for delivery within the next month or two and it’s got me thinking about something that historian Frank Trentmann has called the “empire of things”. Mr Trentmann’s 2016 book ‘Empire of Things’ chronicled the “global advance of goods” from the 15th century. … Continue reading “What British sofa beds – or the lack thereof – tell us about the ’empire of things’”

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Humans can no longer wait for a recession to consume less

by Rashmee

Posted on September 4, 2019 / The National


Let’s face it, an economic slowdown is probably good for climate change. Last week Sir Ian Boyd, the UK government’s chief environmental scientist, called for a complete change in how the country measures economic growth. If it’s by gross domestic product (GDP), he said, rather than metrics such as environmental security and a relatively stable … Continue reading “Humans can no longer wait for a recession to consume less”

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Will mattresses, iphones, Tupperware, fast fashion become too dear to buy in Trump’s America?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 25, 2017


Don’t get me wrong. I don’t regard it as the greatest hardship in the world to have to make do and make do with less. For the greater common good. I grew up in an India that insisted on protectionism in order to grow its tiny indigenous industry after centuries of colonialism. But I’m curious … Continue reading “Will mattresses, iphones, Tupperware, fast fashion become too dear to buy in Trump’s America?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK