So, what does all of this mean for sus­tain­ability? Fewer belong­ings and more sharing may hold promise for resource-​​efficiency — but it all depends on tight man­age­ment. One counter-​​trend could be unnec­es­sary main­te­nance to ensure hygiene: more washing of clothes, sheets and towels, and so on. Fleura Bardhi, a research pro­fessor in con­sumer behav­iour at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Mass­a­chu­setts, is inter­ested in the evo­lu­tion of “alter­na­tive rela­tion­ships to the mate­rial world”. After all, new nomadism isn’t simply about being on the move: it’s about a world in which ‘your own place’ and ‘your own stuff’ no longer make such a dif­fer­ence — to your pro­duc­tivity, your well­being, and even your identity.

Our rela­tion­ships to place and people are becoming more ‘liquid’, they’re changing con­stantly”, says Bardhi. “It means we also have to adapt and change. The most suc­cessful are those who can adapt very quickly.”

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