Today is Buy Nothing Day!

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No purchase necessary!

Saturday November 26th 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, 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.

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!!!

For a quick start to Buy Nothing Day read the FAQ page. If you want to take part in more actively, which is far more fun, then you may want to organise an event - take a look at the TOOLKIT for info and ideas and check the EVENTS page. If there are no events near you - organise one! Get social and follow Buy Nothing Day UK on TWITTER and FACEBOOK

Of course, Buy Nothing Day isn't about changing your lifestyle for just one day - we 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.

Around the world: | Argentina | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Croatia | Denmark | Finland | France
Hong Kong | Intl. BND | Japan | Netherlands | New Zealand | Romania | Sweden | Uruguay


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The Problem With Buy Nothing Day

Is as follows...

1.It perpetuates the fallacy that we can change our flawed trade system by simply opting out of it.

2.It blames ordinary consumers for environmental problems and social injustices caused by our flawed trade system rather than hold capitalism to account.

3.It hectors ordinary low paid people in Western countriesfor buying cheap products made using workers in developing countries without addressing the economic inequalities in Western countries which means poor people in those countries can only afford cheap products made using poor workers in developing countries.

4.Instead of calling for rich countries to share their wealth with poor people in poorer countries it takes a miserabilist view that we should feel guilty about having consumer goods.