Saturday, 1 October 2011

buy nothing new

Okay, I'm not going to lie to you, this is going to hurt a little bit. But, that's exactly why I'm doing it. For the month of October 2011, I am participating in Buy Nothing New. It's not about going without, nor is it about never buying anything new again. Pledging to buy nothing new, of course with the exception of food, medicine, hygiene products and other essentials, is about taking time to reassess what you really need to buy, where it comes from, where it goes when you've finished with it and what alternatives there are to buying new products. Even if you don't pledge to participate in Buy Nothing New this month, I encourage you to ask yourself these questions next time you're out shopping:
Do I really need this?

What went into making it (time, labour, resources)?
What are the alternatives?
Where did it come from? How did it get here?
What is its environmental and social impact?
Who benefits from the purchase? What will it do for me?
What's in it? Who made it?

The Dreamer x
PS- Melbournians, don't forget about daylight savings tonight. Looking forward to losing an hour sleep...
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