Maybe my definition of consumerism is too ambiguous or encompassing, but I find it hard to do anything with friends, family, strangers without perpetuating our cycle of consumerism, i.e. without consuming some thing in some way. Besides hiking or simple games and get-togethers, there ain't much to do without having to consume some resource. Is consumerism not so bad if it's "sustainable" (an oversimplification, probably)?
What brought this question to mind is my friends' excitement over various new local small businesses in our podunk town, none of which will actually bring anything new (just restaurants, shops, etc.), except for maybe one as an entertainment venue, and one as what I assume will be a local art exhibit.
Also the question below, in a sense, though I kinda think the OP is a privileged, hopeless dunce. That's just my unfounded opinion though.