Buy Nothing Day

Tomorrow, Saturday November 26th, is Buy Nothing Day in the UK and most of the world – in the US it’s today, Friday the 25th, the day after Thanksgiving.

Everything we consume has an ecological, resource and energy footprint. Buy Nothing Day aims to highlight the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. We in the developed countries (with 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.

The idea is to shop less and live more.

To take part all you have to do is buy nothing !

Buy Nothing Day was started by Adbusters in 1992, as a way to challenge the prevailing mantra of hyper-consumerism that affects much of the rich world. It aims to convince us to take a break from cash registers for 24 hours and reflect on how dependent our societies have become on conspicuous consumption – hopefully changing our habits in the longer term.


Image from Adbusters

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