Saturday 27th November is officially Buy Nothing Day here in the UK. Since I missed blogging about Bake Your Own Bread Day and World Toilet Day last week, I thought I’d make up for it with a wee post about a day designed to challenge our consumer behaviour.
Organised by Adbusters in the 1990′s, this day has been set aside as a day where we can celebrate buying nothing and make a wee protest against the cult of big brand at the same time. The reasons? Many and varied. Philosophical and environmental would be my motivation. There are many participants who feel much more strongly about it than I do.
It’s a difficult weekend for me as it falls closest to my birthday celebrations so I haven’t always taken part, depending on what’s been organised as a celebration.
This year, there’ll be no shenanigans on Saturday and we really will be celebrating Buy Nothing Day. With an almost teenage son with a list of wants as long as his arm, it’s a valuable opportunity to discuss why we buy what we buy, the influence of peers and corporations.
It won’t involve any conga chains here, nor likely the bedecking of the house with balloons but it’ll give pause for reflection.
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