What is Buy Nothing Day?
Buy Nothing Day (BND) is an international day of protest against consumerism. Typically celebrated the Friday after American Thanksgiving in North America and the following day internationally, in 2011 the dates were November 25th and 26th respectively. It was founded in Vancouver by artist Ted Dave. “It's a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life” ( www.buynothingday.co.uk ). The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!
Saturday November 24th 2012 will be the next Buy Nothing Day in the UK and Friday November 23th in the USA.
The date of BND was chosen after Thanksgiving because people begin to buy presents for Christmas.
The official Buy Nothing Day website explains the disproportionate level of environmental damage :
To our mind, Buy Nothing Day is a good idea to protest against over consumption and to realize the important impact on the environment but few people don't know it.
Arthur and Thomas
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