Fresh eyes on old stuff

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

We’ve all got stuff in our wardrobe we never wear.

Sometimes it just takes looking at the same thing with different eyes.

Try taking one item out of your wardrobe and commit to wearing it the next day. Hang it up on the wardrobe door, ready for its big outing.

In the morning, mix it up with stuff you’ve never worn it with before. This can help give new life to forgotten stuff.

The Buy Nothing New Month Crew

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 out the clutter.

To refuse, reduce, reuse, rethink.

Easiest way to do it is to keep out of the shops and avoid advertising and stuff that exists to convince you you need stuff that you don’t.

Have fun – not post-purchase-dissonance (that nasty state of unease which exists after we buy something we know we don’t need…)

The Buy Nothing New Month Crew

new-to-you. the second hand swindle

From op-shops to designer consignment, eBay, vintage stores, garage sales, swap parties or suitcase rummages, everything we need is available second hand.

Here at BNNM headquarters, we haven’t bought a ‘new’ bit of clothing or home kit for nearly a decade (except for maybe an apartment which we paid for with the money saved from years of not buying stuff we didn’t need.)

Done right, second hand is the smart default of stylish fashionistas.

Email four mates now.

Set a date, buy a bottle of bubbles (it’s Buy Nothing New Month, not FebFast after all…) and get together.

Everyone brings 3 things from their home or wardrobe they no longer want/need.


See. Easy.
Not new, but new to you.

How to Buy Nothing New:

The Buy Nothing New Month Crew

Welcome to the New You

Buy Nothing New Month 2018

It’s Buy Nothing New Month again.

Congratulations on signing up to LIVING more, shopping less.

You’re part of the global movement of people experiencing the joy of more freedom, more contentedness, more happiness, less stuff, less stress.

And it’s easy. SO EASY. This month, with the exception of essentials (food, 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.

This month you’ll learn to shop less and 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 etc)

You got this.

The Buy Nothing New Month Crew

2017 Done and dusted!

Buy Nothing New 2017

That’s a wrap!

Collectively, our thoughts and actions are contributing to the growing global groundswell choosing citizenship over consumerism.

Keep living it up, with your lighter footprint and more contented heart.

Now, you’re on the path, who can you invite to join us?

Remember, Buy Nothing New Month is just the start.

Keep going.

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” – Arundhati Roy


Sew Be It

One of the best things we ever bought, was a Sewing machine.

We can hear you now ‘but I cant sew’.

One word.


Oversized or undersized clothing from the op-shop can be easily taken out or taken in. (hello, GOOGLE, youtube for a lifetime of ‘how to’ videos’)

Collars from the 70s can be altered or even removed for updated chic.

If you’re not that adventurous gather an armload of out-dated clothes to your local seamstress and work through options together to taken them in/out, up/down to refresh the look, saving you time, money and your kit from wardrobe oblivion.

One-in One-Out Challenge 2017

Each time you bring something non-essential into your home, donate one thing to charity in order to make ‘room’ for the new thing.

This will help with our guiding question “do I really need it?”

Am I prepared to get rid of something to have this ‘new thing’?

Or try the 50 things in 5 days challenge.

Over the next five days, collect 10 things each day that are neither useful nor joyful (of course, we’ve got loads of stuff that doesn’t bring that Marie Kondo ‘joy’, but we still need the bloody thing…right?) Then bravely take them all to the opshop.


Stuff. It is just stuff.

And. we. Are. Not. Our. Stuff.

Don’t call me a consumer!

At BNNM headquarters, one of our biggest beefs (while thriving on a mostly plant-based diet…but that’s a whole other campaign…) is being called, ‘a consumer’.

We don’t know about you, but we like to think of ourselves as friends, colleagues, neighbours, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, lovers, thinkers, makers, sharers, doers, change makers etc.

Next time someone refers to you as a consumer, prove them wrong, but not buying whatever they’re trying to sell you.