Nothing, not even a week in Italy with George Clooney, could induce Enviro Girl to go shopping on Black Friday. The last predictions she read indicated 77 million people planned to shop that day, mostly with plans to buy stuff for themselves. Consumption and consumerism has shaded most people’s Christmas season. There’s no escaping the message from the advertisements: buying stuff will make us all happier. The reality is that going on a spending frenzy at the mall has absolutely zilch to do with joy or peace on earth.
This Friday stay home, go to the library, a movie, have coffee with an old friend, or deck your halls — but DO NOT SHOP! It’s Buy Nothing Day and you’re encouraged to keep your green in your wallet.
(This is a holiday the Eco Women can get behind!)
By not buying anything on the largest shopping day of the year, you help send the message that we have enough stuff. Between the crappy economy and ongoing environmental issues, it’s time to consume less. Whether you call it Buy Nothing Day, Buy Nothing Christmas, or Advent Conspiracy, we encourage you to stay out of stores and keep your money in your wallet/purse/pocket this Friday.
The video below is one of the things that convinced Enviro Girl to spend less on presents several years ago. If we keep our giving in perspective and focused on what would truly spread peace and goodwill toward humankind, we’d find little justification to wait in line outside Toys R Us at 4:00 a.m. Friday morning so we could save 50% on a Lego set.
How do you participate in this year’s Buy Nothing Day? BUY NOTHING on November 26th. It’s free, it’s easy, and you’ll feel so good!
Tell the Eco Women: Will you participate in Buy Nothing Day?