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Today is Buy Nothing Day! This is probably the fifth or sixth...

Posted Nov 23 2012 10:01am


Today is Buy Nothing Day! This is probably the fifth or sixth year I’ve participated in Buy Nothing Day. One year, my entire family even did a Buy Nothing Christmas -which honestly, was some of the best holiday memories I have - just family enjoying the season and not worrying about money or gifts.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the idea of Buy Nothing Day , let me give you a little run-down: Today is a day to do nothing and spend nothing. With the whole world it seems going absolutely crazy today over black Friday sale prices and last-minute deals, today is a day to sit back, relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself - at least for a single day. It’s a reminder to stop and think about why you’re spending.

For my American friends, I urge you not to go out and get crazy over sale signs the day after practicing gratitude and being thankful for what you already have. Remember the warm cozy feeling of sitting around the dinner table or living room with family and loved ones and just simply being present and enjoying each other’s company? Sale prices and material goods can never give that to you. Remember that. Speaking from one shop-a-holic to another (I see a lulu store and I salivate), I think it is imperative that we take the time for reflection and really think about the affects our consumerism can have on our relationships, on ourselves and on the planet.

“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.”

If you’re interested in learning more about nothing, check out these links: 

So for today, or maybe for the weekend, try resisting your “buyological urges” and spend more time enjoying the moment and the people in your life. It’s experiences, not things, that stay with you in your life. Enjoy the day everybody! :) 

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