Buy Nothing Day, Are you Celebrating?

November 11, 2010 at 4:02 pm 1 comment

I first started looking into the buy nothing day and buy nothing year movement when one of our Greener Faster Participants Julie and Mark were thinking of starting a buy nothing year on January 1st.  This would be a year much like that of the San Francisco based movement, The Compact, which is a group of over a 120 people who have gone through a year of buying nothing that was not necessary for health and safety.  The group is now on the second year of their challenge.

When doing some research I found that not only is there buy nothing year but there is also buy nothing day, a new kind of holiday that is celebrated in lieu of Black Friday, which as we all know is a day of crazy spending and holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving.  One buy nothing day website says that this day is “a special day to unshop, unspend and unwind.  Relax and do nothing for the economy or for yourself- at least for one day.”

Picture by the Eco Advocate

One of the central topics of EnAct is “Waste Less”.  While your first thought would be recycling, this is only half of the story.  Wasting less also means trying to buy less and reuse what you already have.  After all the first R in the three R’s is reuse.  One great resource I found is A recycling Revolution.  It has a bunch of great tips for reusing things you already have instead of buying new.  One idea that I love is to use old compact discs as coasters or decorate them with your kids and hang them on the Christmas tree as ornaments.  A great way to make the most of what you have.

So this holiday season I will celebrate Buy Nothing day for the first time.  Not to say that I usually partake in the Black Friday madness, because I don’t, but I will try to buy nothing the whole day.  I will buy no food,  no alcohol (it is a holiday after all), and no Christmas presents.  Maybe I will even think about what we all buy everyday and don’t realize, the electricity, the water, and the gas we use to live.  These are all things we buy.  And if we all think about these commodities a bit more then maybe they won’t seem so hard to change.

So I encourage you celebrate buy nothing day with me this year on the 26th of November.  It is a one of a kind holiday.

Be Green,



Entry filed under: consumption, other, sustainability, waste.

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