Buy Nothing Day

23 Nov

Buy Nothing Day is your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind – having started in 1992 and now including 65 participating countries!  So relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself – at least for a single day.  It’s a simple idea, which challenges consumer culture by asking us to switch off from shopping for a day. Its a global stand off from consumerism – celebrated as a holiday by some and street party for others! Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!

Friday November 25th (Black Friday – biggest shopping day in the U.S.) or Saturday November 26th (for Canada and the rest of the world)

Here’s a message from the UK. organizers:

It’s a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!

Everything we buy has an impact on the environment, Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries – only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth’s natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth.

As consumers we need to question the products we buy and challenge the companies who produce them. What are the true risks to the environment and developing countries? We all know recycling is OK for the the environment, but consuming less is better and Buy Nothing Day is a great way to start.

Participate by not participating!

Of course, Buy Nothing Day isn’t about changing your lifestyle for just one day – we want it to be a lasting relationship with your consumer conscience – maybe a life changing experience? We want people to make a commitment to consuming less, recycling more and challenging companies to clean up and be fair. The supermarket or shopping mall might offer great choice, but this shouldn’t be at the cost of the environment or developing countries.

Check out their FAQs if you’re interested in knowing more!

We thought Buy Nothing Day was a perfect follow up to our post last week on Small Space Living and fit well into our theme on Home Improvements by encouraging us to buy less stuff!  Own fewer things, live in smaller spaces and build consuming less into your everyday!

And just in case you needed a video to wrap up the whole idea into a minute long visual – here’s one from a few years back that seemed to capture the significance of the campaign:


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