Buy Nothing Day

by Julie Gibbons on November 22, 2010

buy nothing day

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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Kath November 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Hiya! thanks for your comment – there is a lot of this turning 40 going around!!!

I haven’t heard of buy nothing day before – but I am one of those people who really doesn’t like shopping anyway! except for 1 day a year at the knitting and stitching show, thank goodness we aren’t going until the 29th!!!



Julie Gibbons November 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Hey Kath – I’ve been lurking for a while. It was the 40th coming up that shifted my inertia :) Thanks for stopping by!


Juliet Wilson November 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Thanks for reminding me! I should do a wee blog post too!


Juliet Wilson November 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Oh by the way thanks for your comment on my greenermonday post, I’m not actually a purist when it comes to porridge either, sultanas, apples, cinnamon all good as far as I’m concerned, but I live with a porridge purist…


Susi November 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for the reminder, remembered the day after last year!

Totally agree with the teenager thing, mine is 15 and wants the earth. Thankfully she mostly understands even if she doesn’t readily admit it!



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