Tuesday, November 13, 2007

No Purchase Necessary

Nov. 23 is coming up soon and with it all of the psychotic Christmas commercialism that goes with Black Friday. It's so perfectly placed after Thanksgiving, a day we've been conditioned to believe is a day for devouring as much as humanly possible. What better way to enjoy the next-day bloaty feeling, but with a group of strangers fighting for cheap electronics?

Well, Adbusters is suggesting an alternative: Buy Nothing Day. From their press release:

Buy Nothing Day has taken many shapes, from relaxed family outings, to free, non-commercial street parties, to politically charged public protests. Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.

In past years, street activists have proven particularly imaginative in their celebrations, bringing zombie marches, credit-card cut-ups, and shopaholic clinics to malls and public squares in an effort to expose the environmental and social consequences of First World over-consumption.
As you should have picked up by this time, I'm totally for making our lifestyles sustainable because I think that people shouldn't go extinct. That's my end goal, and to get there are tons of silly little things like not buying into consumerist bullshit. I challenge you to think of what you can do to change your family's celebrations this year into something that is good for everybody.

More reading:
Buy Nothing Day
Buy Nothing Christmas
Tips for an Eco-Friendly Holiday
Green Holiday Tips
How to Have a Green Christmas

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