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Slow living refers to a lifestyle that encourages a slower approach to aspects of everyday life. It has been defined as movement or action at a relaxed or leisurely pace. It began in Italy with the slow food movement, which emphasises traditional food production techniques in response to the emergence of fast food during the 1980s and 1990s. Slow living also incorporates slow money and slow cities. Slow food and slow living are sometimes proposed as solutions to what the green movement sees as the negative consequences of materialistic and industrial lifestyles.
It is suggested that a fast-paced environment can resemble a chaotic nature, whilst the notion of 'slowing down' in slow living implies that people would be able to enjoy life more and be more aware or conscious of sensory cues. However, slow living does not prevent the adoption of certain technologies such as mobile phones, Internet, and access to goods and services.
Some slow living practitioners use the term slow as an acronym to show different issues that slow living focuses on. The 's' refers to sustainable, meaning having a limited impact. The 'l' refers to local, meaning using materials and products that are geographically close to the person or produced near them. The 'o' refers to organic, meaning avoiding products that have been genetically engineered or mass-produced. Lastly, the 'w' refers to whole, meaning not processed.
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