‘Buy Nothing Day’

Yazmin Cruz

Photo by reubeniz via Flickr
Photo by reubeniz via Flickr

Every year we seem to forget about the holidays that do not drive us to shell out the big bucks. This year we seem to have skipped over Thanksgiving, again.

What many have not forgotten is Black Friday and Christmas. Malls all around are already advertising their enticing sales prices for the day after Thanksgiving and the red and green Christmas decorations are up.

I often wonder if we are aware that every purchase we make has an impact on this earth. Do we stop to think where all this stuff goes after it momentarily brings us joy?

Check out The Story of Stuff to find out more where our trash goes and plan to be apart of Buy Nothing Day on November 27th.

Buy Nothing Day is organized every year to protest mass consumerism and is observed by social activist around the world.

The first Buy Nothing Day was organized by artist Ted Dave in Vancouver, Canada then in 1997, it was moved to the Friday after Thanksgiving, which is one of the top 10 busiest shopping days in the US.

Keep in mind that one day of abstinence will not make a difference — every time you get ready to make a purchase ask yourself if you really need it.