Buy Nothing New Month: Start your Imaginations!

Buy Nothing New Month 2013

Pledgers get ready for a potentially life changing challenge! We hope you’ll:
have fun;
maybe save some money (think ‘do I really need it?’);
make some human connections (‘hey neighbour, can I borrow your drill?’);
create some stuff (hmmmm, hello youtube, can I turn that old dress into a ‘new’ top);
flex your ‘resource muscle’ (I need a “blah”, can I make do with something I’ve got?);
and develop an understanding of where our stuff comes from, where it goes, and some alternatives that are good for us, our wallets, our people and our planet.  Continue reading “Buy Nothing New Month: Start your Imaginations!”

Tell Us About It.

How was Buy Nothing New Month for you? We would love to hear about the swap parties you held, the resources you used to get through, what you learnt and what the experience meant to you.

We would also love to hear about great second hand stores in your area, from fantastic furniture, to second hand clothing retailers.

Did you spend more money on experiences this month? If so, what did you do? Shout out on the Facebook page, and let the world know of how awesome it can be to buy experiences over stuff.

Keep in touch and we hope that taking part in Buy Nothing New Month has shown you are not your skinny jeans, or stove pipes, or flares or whatever is fash right now.

Someone else said it better than us, but fashion comes and goes, style lasts forever.

Got any great quotes that relate to changing how we consume? Send them in, or paste them up to Facebook.

Get out there and live it up. Good on you for taking the pledge and we hope you have experienced the joys of living more and shopping less.

Bye bye for another year,

The Buy Nothing New Month Crew

That’s Rubbish

We saw a documentary recently (Beijing Besieged by Waste by Wei Cheng La Ji) suggesting Bejing will run out of landfill space in two years.

Apparently in 4 years, UK will have no landfill sites left.

Where will all that stuff go when the landfill fills up?

Do we really want to keep ploughing through stuff and dumping it in the ground?

We’re just asking…

Swap Off!

A wicked way to get involved in Buy Nothing New Month is to hold a swap off.

Invite your mates around, but everyone brings 5 things (clothes, books, toys, homewares) they’re not using anymore.

Let the swapping begin.

You clear your house of some clutter, and everything gets something ‘new to you’.

Anything not claimed at the end of the swap off gets donated to your local charity store, like the Brotherhood of St Laurence or Sacred Heart Mission.

The Buy Nothing New Month Crew

What about an experience people?

But it’s my boyfriend/wife/boss/dog’s birthday!

What about an experience people?

We’d rather an awesome experience like an outdoor adventure, a gym membership, tickets to The Wiggles (or not) over a soap-on-a-rope any day.

Plus, if you really want to give someone another ‘thing’ second hand does not mean second best. Antique jewellery anyone?

We’d love you to post on our Facebook the best ideas for giving an experience over ‘stuff’.

The Buy Nothing New Month Crew