Our New Years Resolution 1.1.11- a blog by Greener Faster Participant Julie Swanson

January 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

We have talked about this for over a year (hat tip to Sarah Apple who first shared the idea) and this year we are ready…to make a commitment to:

Buy Nothing New for One Year

Our reasons for trying this
*We have everything we need
*Research shows that having more does not make you happier ( in fact it seems to be quite the opposite)
*We don’t want to add to the landfill
*We want to be more aware and intentional about how we spend our money
*We want to simplify our lives

I knew we were not the first to take this pledge but I was surprised to find out how many people we are joining. One google search connected me to

The Compact

#1 Don’t buy new products of any kind (from stores, websites, etc.)
#2 Do borrow, barter, or buy used.

We are allowing some exceptions (which seem in line with others who have “signed” the Compact)
-Consumables (like toilet paper, light bulbs)
-Health/safety products ( toothpaste, soap, medicine)
-For our boys: shoes and if we can not find resale jeans, OK to buy new)

Full disclosure: we did have some last minute purchases. These were things that we had on our “To buy” list for most of last year.

Our last minute purchases
-Two lamps for the living room ( we have looked for used for over a year)
-Curtains for the living room ( our last ones were chewed by pet rats- don’t ask)
-A water conserving shower head
-A new fire/smoke alarm
-A lamp for my drawing table downstairs
-Three cake pans which I have not been able to find at Goodwill ( I love to bake!)

And so we begin………..

Check in to see how the Buy Nothing New for One Year challenge is going at Julie and Mark’s personal blog We are the Them.


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