Buy Nothing Day (Nov. 23 in U.S.)

Buy Nothing Day may be for you if headlines like “Retailers focus more on Thanksgiving Day” make you feel that American consumerism is, in Toby’s words, an “unrelenting daymare.”

“Driving hybrid cars and limiting industrial emissions is great‚ but they are band–aid solutions if we don’t address the core problem: we have to consume less. This is the message of Buy Nothing Day.” Kalle Lasn

“Buy Nothing Christmas is not really about refusing to spend a dime over the holiday season. It’s about taking a deep breath and deciding to opt out of the hype‚ the overcrowded malls‚ and the stressful to–do lists. It’s about reminding ourselves to really think about what we are buying‚ why we are buying it‚ and whether we really need it at all.” (both quotes are from

While recycling gets more press, BND reminds us that recycling is actually third on the list behind reducing and reusing.

Rather than buying traditional presents this year, consider one of these fine (or not so fine) ideas:

For ideas on how to make the holiday season about “worshipping Jesus through compassion, not consumption,” visit Advent Conspiracy.


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