Rethink. Question Everything

Rethink. Question Everything:

Why am I shopping?
How do I feel?
Do I need this?
How will I pay for it?
Where will I put it?
Who made it?
What were their working conditions?
What do I have that can fill this purpose?
Can I borrow it, swap to get it, or get it second hand?
What will I have to get rid of to make room for this?
What will happen if I don’t buy this?
What else could I do with this money?
Did I remember to wear deodorant today?

“The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy.” – Joshua Becker

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Need it? or want it?

‘Do I need this?’ is one of the biggest questions we ask ourselves.

Pretty much every dust gatherer or closet-clutterer we own, took finite resources, fossil fuels, water and in some cases, slave-labour to find its way into our homes. Not to mention, our hard earned money. Impulse shopping has little to do with actual needs.

It’s often to fill an emotional void or boredom.

Ever notice that dress that was going to CHANGE YOUR LIFE, didn’t?

This month is a time to pursue healthier ways to fill a need or your time.

Read a book, catch up with a mate, take a walk, (or take a nap for goodness sake!) make something…

Take this month to identify the difference between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’.

There is a big difference.

“If you really think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money.” – Guy McPherson

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It’s simple. We are using too much stuff

The good news is, the alternative to wasteful consuming is better for us, our mental health and the health of our planet.

This month is a chance to cut the clutter.

To refuse, reduce, reuse, rethink (recycle being the last option, after all other avenues are exhausted). Easiest way? Keep out of shops and avoid advertising, magazines and stuff that exists to convince you that you need more stuff.

Go Marie Kondo. Clear out stuff, get it back into circulation. Be part of the circular economy. Donate it to charity, gift it to a friend.

Clear out the stuff you don’t need to make space for the stuff you do need.“An estimated £30bn of unused clothing hangs in UK wardrobes, and yet still we shop for more.”

“Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.” – Desmond Tutu

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Buy Nothing New Month – The Rules Reminder

Congratulations on signing up to living more, shopping less, whether through The New Jones or Buy Nothing New Month.

You might have been with us for sometime.

You might have just joined us.

WELCOME!

You’re part of the global movement of people transitioning from ‘consumer’ to ‘citizen’ buying less stuff, creating less stress.

And it’s easy.
SO EASY.

This month, with the exception of essentials (food, booze, chocolate, Netflix, hygiene and medicine) all you do, is BUY NOTHING NEW!

Buy Nothing New Month is about buying less, buying well made, buying stuff that’s built to last, rather than cheap, fast throwaway fashion, or stuff that’s make to break (bloody planned obsolescence) headed for landfill.

Less SHOP TIL YOU DROP, more STOP BEFORE YOU SHOP.

You can source whatever you need second hand.

So find the best op-shop in town (many are rubbish, so do your research) or get into online marketplaces for second hand stuff (eBay, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace etc)

You got this.

PS: It’s important to note, many new things are beautifully, ethically, sustainably made, built to last. We’re not saying new is bad. We’re are saying, consuming less and extending the life of existing stuff isn’t just awesome, it’s essential.

“Today’s Smart Choice. Don’t Own. Share. Someday we’ll look back on the 20th century and wonder why we owned so much stuff.” – TIME MAGAZINE

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“Are you still doing buy nothing new month?”…they ask us…

Yes. We are.

Nearly 20 years later.

We officially started Buy Nothing New Month in 2010 after going to Antarctica to learn about climate change, but only after more than ten years of buying nothing new ourselves.

Why?

It started in London circa 1997.

A champagne girl on a beer budget, I had to look smart for a swanky job, but couldn’t afford to. Hello op-shops.

Back then, it was all about the bank balance.

Cut to over 20 years later, now, for me, it’s all about the eco-balance.

We’re consuming more than our living-planet can replenish.

Every time I spend my money, I aim to vote for the beautiful, thoughtful waste-free world I want to live in.

In the beginning I got a bit overwhelmed.

Do I buy locally made? Organic cotton? Fairtrade Hemp? Is any of that going to gimme street cred?

Buying second hand simplified everything for me. And I could still wear brands and styles I loved.

What is Buy Nothing New Month about for you?

For this lovely human, joining the Buy Nothing New Month revolution was life changing…

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We’d love to hear about your experience, anytime.

Share this with a mate to get them on board.

Tell your friends and family what you’re doing.

Be the change.

Thanks for joining us.

“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” Marshall McLuhan

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Who are THE NEW JONESES?

The New Joneses

As a Buy Nothing New Month challenger, you are THE NEW JONESES.

You know the phrase ‘keeping up with the joneses’? it’s a stupid, outdated lifestyle of ‘keeping up’ with the neighbours. Like when the new iPhone comes out. And you feel the need to upgrade your perfectly good, existing iPhone…

Where Buy Nothing New Month looks at the stuff we buy, THE NEW JONESES look at everything we do. Everything we do has an impact, so THE NEW JONESES show how to make better choices in order to have a positive impact.

Head over to THE NEW JONESES to learn about easy everyday lifestyle choices we can make (like our energy company, our choice of dunny paper, eliminating plastics, refusing to waste food, composting, walking more driving less etc) for the health and wellbeing of ourselves, our people and our planet.

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WHY BUY NOTHING NEW?

Simply put. We’re using too much stuff.

“we’re living beyond our means – we’re consuming 50% more natural resources than our Earth’s ecosystems can replenish.” WWF One Planet Living

Looking into the ethics and supply chain of everything can seem overwhelming…

So we thought the easiest way to simplify, was to buy less of everything and buy everything we can second hand.

Extending the life of existing goods (buying second, up-cycling, re-cycling, sharing, swapping etc) maximises the energy and finite resources that goes into our stuff while keeping it from landfill.

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Question Everything

Why am I in this shop? How do I feel? Do I need this? How will I pay for it? Where will I put it? What will I have to get rid of to make room for this? What will happen if I don’t buy this? Can this purchase wait? What else could I do with this money (Did I remember to wear deodorant today?)

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The True Cost

All the clutter in our homes, wardrobes, kids toy chests USED TO BE MONEY.

Money you could use for a house deposit, a holiday, a course. Anytime you go to buy something, think ‘what else could I do with this money?’

Check out barefootinvestor.com/the-barefoot-investor-home or mrmoneymustache.com for great tips on how to turn little bits of money into big bits of money that can be used to buy the things that really matter.

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Need that? No, you probably don’t.

We’ve made ‘Do I really need this?’ one of the biggest questions we ask ourselves.

Pretty much every dust gatherer or closet-clutterer we own took finite resources, fossil fuels, water and most-likely slave-labour to find its way into our homes.

Impulse shopping has little to do with actual needs.

It’s often to fill an emotional void or boredom.

Ever notice that dress that was going to CHANGE YOUR LIFE, didn’t?

This month is a time to pursue healthier ways to fill a need or your time. Read a book, catch up with a mate, take a walk, (or take a nap for goodness sake!) make something…

To be honest, that ‘to-die-for’ outfit probably doesn’t look that great away from the ‘skinny-mirror’ and flattering lighting of the shop. And it definitely wont come around with a bottle of wine on Friday night or take your call when you’re feeling low.

Take this month to identify the difference between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. There is a big difference.

The Buy Nothing New Month Crew