It is such an easy way to get into second hand stuff.
Seriously. Get a second hand sewing machine. Or borrow one.
It’s fun, it will save you loads of money and is like a mindful activity (like those corporate colouring in books).
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’)
If you’re not that adventurous or lack time, take 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.
That’s why buying good quality instead of cheap fast throwaway is great.
Good quality can always be altered into something else.
Cheap fabric, not so much.
“Buy Less, Choose Well and Make It Last.” – Vivienne Westwood
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
‘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
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.
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
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.