It’s official! I’m taking my New Year’s resolution about buying less to the next level by committing to make 2011 a “buy nothing new” year. I first thought about it after reading this article that a friend posted on Facebook about a family in Alberta buying nothing new for a year.
Peer pressure finally pushed me to take on the challenge as well after hearing through the social network grapevine that my friends, Tara and Kristy, are also taking on similar challenges (although Tara is going hardcore and doing a buy nothing at all year (except food and a few other exceptions).
Both Tara and Kristy have young daughters and I figured if they can do it with a family, then there’s no excuse for me not doing it too (especially considering I’ve lived most of my life like a hobo scavenger anyway).
The Challenge: So the challenge is relatively straight-forward. For the entire year of 2011, I’m not going to buy anything new. Anything I do get will need to be second-hand, borrowed, bartered, upcycled, found, etc.
The Exceptions: Exceptions include food and drink, health, safety and sanitary products (I draw the line at using used toilet paper).
The reasons. There are plenty. Helping the environment, learning to appreciate “stuff” more, saving money, stretching my creativity, and taking a public lifestyle stance against our uber-materialistic society to name a few.
It’s going to be fun and I’ve invited Tara and Kristy to guest blog here as well which will be great.
And I’ve already had my first “hmmm” moment! The shoelaces on my work shoes finally gave out and the first thought that crossed my mind was “I’ll pick some new laces up when I’m in town tonight.” Whoops. Instead, and quite easily I might add, I tracked down an old pair of dress shoes I had in the back of my closet that I never wear and took the laces off of them.
Should make for an interesting year.
Anyone else out there doing a similar challenge this year? Post your plans/ideas in the comment section.
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