BUY NOTHING DAY!

DID YOU KNOW… that 44% of all U.S. greenhouse gas impacts are generated from production, consumption and disposal of the huge quantity of short-lived products and packaging used in the United States? (Product Policy Institute report, article reference here).

in the US, this friday is colloquially known as black friday, otherwise known as the most insane shopping day of the year.  but bakerymanis (that’s me) and thousands (millions?) of other eco-conscious folks are taking back the day and turning it into BUY NOTHING DAY.

this campaign, started by adbusters is a way to promote awareness about the excessive consumption that americans partake in during the holiday season.   in their words (from their facebook page):

As climate change grows more ominous and capitalism rages on unchecked, we must rethink our excessive consumption habits. For one day, let’s stop turning a blind eye and stare this problem dead in the face. This November 26 (November 27 in Europe and overseas) take the personal challenge: lock up your debit card, your credit cards, your money clip and see what it feels like to opt out of consumer culture completely, even if only… for 24 hours. Like the millions of people who have participated in this consumer fast before you, you may be rewarded with a life-changing epiphany.

 

they also have a buy nothing christmas, but we’ll get into that later.

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