Buy Nothing Day

November 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm 10 comments

Tomorrow is Buy Nothing Day.
For the last 2 years I’ve marked it on the calendar then found some reason excuse or other for pulling out the plastic.  The name speaks for itself but if you’ve not heard of Buy Nothing Day click here for more information.

Buy Nothing Day is simply a challenge to us all to stop and think about what we buy, where it comes from and the environmental impact of the purchases we make.  And for one day, 28th November, to hold a 24 hour moratorium on consumer spending.

Tomorrow I’m putting my money where my mouth is by keeping my pennies in my pocket.  What better excuse for a morning at the allotment and an afternoon making christmas presents?  Then come the evening…

… a date with The Magic Numbers at Gloucester Guildhall.  Well, not a date with the Magic Numbers.  A date with George to toe tap and sway our way through an evening with the musical maestros.  If date seems like a strange choice of words for an evening spent with my lovely husband I make no apologies for it.  We’ll be celebrating 15 years of togetherness.  Cheaply of course, ‘mine’s a water thanks‘.

The Magic Numbers have penned new song with Malian superstars Amadou and Mariam called ‘All I Believe In’ which is featured on the movie soundtrack album to the much talked about “The Twilight saga : New Moon’

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Choclette  |  November 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Good for you – it’s a great idea. Saturday is the day I have to buy my bread and milk as these are on order and the only day this week that the organic shop is open, but apart from these things I will do my best not to go anywhere else. Oh and there is …..!

  • 2. Bilbo  |  November 27, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I’m sorry Nic, normally I would support you on something like this but for us tomorrow is “support Cumbria, support all the shops in Cockermouth which are still open and go out and shop a great deal”. It will only be stuff we would have eventually purchased anyway, but right now our local traders need everyone’s support.

    • 3. Nip it in the bud  |  November 28, 2009 at 12:38 am

      Choclette – with any initiative like this I always think it’s the tiny steps that make a difference and buying locally is one of the most sustainable options there is and exactly the action something like this would hope to engender. I like the sound of your weekend routine and the commitment you have made to your organic shop and milkman – the impact of that is more enduring than avoiding town one Saturday in the year.

      Bilbo – what a terrible few weeks you must have had, I hope the weather holds off for you tomorrow to bring people back into the town.
      I can see how the two calls to action, buy nothing and buy something (locally) could seem opposing challenges but the reason underlying both is ‘because it’s important to think about where you buy things from‘. Buying locally and buying what you need are changes in behaviour that I feel the Buy Nothing Day would hope to achieve so I’d have no personal conflict with shopping activities in Cumbria tomorrow. A bit like vegetarian campaigns where people commit to reducing the amount of meat they eat rather than cutting it out all together. This is my own pledge (and it feels more real when voiced aloud) not a call to action from any one else – I’m touched that you would have considered supporting something I was committing to. Take care and keep in touch x

  • 4. miss m  |  November 28, 2009 at 2:56 am

    I’m proud to learn Buy Nothing Day is a Canadian concept. Fancy that ! Good luck honoring it (the evening will be challenging, I reckon) and have the most wonderful time on your 15th !
    Congrats ! 😀

  • 5. Ann  |  November 28, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Hope you have a lovely evening and a happy anniversary.

  • 6. Anita  |  November 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Happy anniversary to you both, and what a lovely way to spend it. I hadn’t spotted that gig, otherwise I may have been tempted, and it would have been terrible if I’d played gooseberry (must find where that expression comes from, nicely suitable for your blog 😉 – so it must have been fate! Have a happy rest of the day and enjoy your evening xx PS We have a night out too tonight! Thai restaurant, can’t wait.

  • 7. Nip it in the bud  |  November 29, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Miss M and Ann – we did have a wonderful time and although it was a dry night we feel better for it this morning ;o)

    Anita – I hate to say it but you missed a great night. Gooseberry indeed, how long have we known you ;o) Hope you well and truly stuffed yourself silly on delicious Thai food. See you soon x

  • 8. Cheryl  |  November 30, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Congratulations on 15 years & having a lovely time!!

    I hate to say I wasn’t aware of Buy Nothing Day & did succumb to purchasing a few items online (like a much needed new winter coat) on “Black Friday” as it’s called here. I think the shopping frenzy that is made of the day is ridiculous with people lining up in the cold before dawn to shop.

    There is a great book about this topic called Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine and you’d probably enjoy it. The author went an entire year without spending on anything except bare necessities and chronicled the experience. I read it when I stopped working & felt challenged adjusting to having less money and altering our spending habits. Looking back at my former “spendy” self I can’t understand why it seemed so hard!

    • 9. Nip it in the bud  |  November 30, 2009 at 7:19 pm

      thank you Cheryl. I’d not heard of ‘Black Friday’ before. In Britain today they’ve been talking about ‘Cyber Monday’ which is apparently when the most sales on-line happen.
      I’d not heard of Judith’s book, I shall check it out. There’s a similar book I believe by a woman who lived off £1 per day for a year. Well done for the adjustments you’ve made – making all those lovely clothes for your little ones must save you a bob or two :o)

  • 10. Margaret  |  December 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    A great posting to make you think more deeply about consumerism.


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