Buy Nothing Day
by Karina Hanney Marrero
The International Buy Nothing Day. On this day people are encouraged not to spend money for one day, and by that commenting on everyday consumerism. This is carried out individually although it is motivated by a larger movement. On the movements homepage it is stated:
‘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.’
Mark Boyle’s moneyless year can also be taken into consideration in this context. In his Moneyless Manifesto he sets out to live a full year without using any money, his motto being to ‘live well, live rich, live free’. Whilst on this journey he developed a philosophy which he calls free-conomy, and is outlined in his book ‘The Moneyless Man’ and is available online.
Boyle became a point of inspiration for Jóhanna Björk Sveinbjörnsdóttir, She took a decision not to spend money on Tuesdays. A interview with Johanna can be found below.
Next Buy Nothing Day (UK) is on Saturday November 29th 2014.