Friday, November 23, 2007
Buy Nothing Day
For 15 years, Adbusters has promoted Buy Nothing Day, rather than the purely commercial "Black Friday". I heard about it through Vegan Voice magazine, (I received the new issue in the post yesterday), and blog's like Bazu's.
I completely agree with the concept of Buy Nothing Day. Especially after spending 10 days with my parents, who are the typical American consumers. Since I haven't seen them in about 18 months, and haven't spent much time with big-time consumers, I was quite shocked at their flippant attitude towards consumption, money, and trash. Why cook when we can go out to eat? Why keep something that's a little broken but still use-able, if you can just buy another? The amount of empty softdrink bottles was surprising--it normally takes Andy and me a week to fill up our box for recyclables, but my parents managed to do so in two days.
Although I love my parents and it was great to see them, I've forgotten how annoying that American attitude is. (Let me point out that I am not generalising all Americans, especially not vegans. But, the view of things as disposable seems to go hand-in-hand with the SAD and the belief that animals are around purely for our benefit.) So, to celebrate, I'm embracing Buy Nothing Day. According to the website, today is American BND, and tomorrow is International BND. Well, I'm buying nothing on both days. A master cleanse, of sorts.
Buy Nothing Christmas? I won't be able to participate completely (I've already bought some [vegan] gifts for people), but Andy and I have decided to skip pressies this year. I'll keep you posted on what we do instead...
P.S. I'm slowly but surely getting up to date on all your blogs!
Posted by Theresa at 09:24