Advertising impacts us in many ways, whether through manipulating us unconsciously or encouraging excessive consumption which is damaging our environment and wellbeing. Here we set out some of the big issues with advertising.

Our pamphlets are free to download and use.

Mental health

In the first of our series of pamphlets on ‘The case for an ad-free city’, we take a look at how corporate outdoor advertising works: how it encourages and thrives on our insecurities, body dissatisfaction, debt and unhappiness and why we would be happier and healthier if our city streets were ad-free.  Download the pamphlet.

Sexism, gender and body image

Our second pamphlet, co-produced with Bristol Zero Tolerance, looks at the history of feminist responses to corporate advertising. It draws the links between advertising imagery and street harassment in public space. Download the pamphlet.

The environment

Advertising acts as an engine for consumerism – but what are the impacts of consumer society on the planet and ecological support systems? How does the distribution of billboards relate to issues of road congestion, air pollution and environmental justice? This pamphlet explores the unaccounted costs of outdoor advertising. Cover artwork by Noel Douglas. Download the pamphlet.

Local economy

Our pamphlet on economic impacts argues that out-of-home corporate advertising favours larger multinational corporations which encourage us to spend money on firms that take money out of the local area. Furthermore, financial revenues received by local councils are likely to be outweighed by the hidden costs to the public purse from consumer advertising such as obesity, air pollution and public health. Download the PDF here.

Light pollution

This briefing highlights the serious impact of light pollution emitted by digital advertising screens including the impact on biodiversity and the environment, on people’s health, and what can be done about it using local and national policy and legislation. Download the PDF here.