Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Buy Nothing Day Returns

Buy Nothing Day is back later this month and it's time to lock up your wallets and purses, cut up your credit cards and dump the love of your life - shopping.

Saturday November 29th 2014 is Buy Nothing Day (UK). 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," say the organisers. "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.

"As consumers we need to question the products we buy and challenge the companies who produce them. What are the true risks to the environment and developing countries? We all know recycling is OK for the the environment, but consuming less is better and Buy Nothing Day is a great way to start.

On Buy Nothing Day, people around the UK will make a pact with themselves to take a break from consumption as a personal experiment or public statement and the best thing is - it's free.

Of course, Buy Nothing Day isn't about changing your lifestyle for just one day - the people behind the idea want it to be a lasting relationship with you consumer conscience - maybe a life changing experience? 

"We want people to make a commitment to consuming less, recycling more and challenging companies to clean up and be fair. 

"The supermarket or shopping mall might offer great choice, but this shouldn't be at the cost of the environment or developing countries."

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