|Link to The Guardian|
"Everyone believes that consumption is out of control. But is it? From food to paper and water, Britain has gradually been guzzling less over the last decade. Why?
"But, according to environment writer Chris Goodall, those stats tell an important story. 'What the figures suggest,' Goodall says enthusiastically, 'is that 2001 may turn out to be the year that the UK's consumption of "stuff" – the total weight of everything we use, from food and fuel to flat-pack furniture – reached its peak and began to decline'."