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Living the Buy-Nothing Life

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In which some folks who are tired of materialism decide to do something about it:

San Francisco, 1951.

A living room fills with warm laughter and the aroma of fresh-baked goodies. Suburban housewives walk around the room exchanging smiles, telling stories. It’s like any other casual gathering, except for one twist: this is a Tupperware party, everyone is here to shop. …

Fast forward to 2005.

A group of friends in the San Francisco Bay Area are meeting over a potluck dinner. Disillusioned by the endless consumer rat race, they are here to discuss how to not shop, to put an end to needless consumption. Taking the concept of Buy Nothing Day to the extreme, they have decided to attempt a full year without buying new products. Dubbing themselves “The Compact” after the Mayflower pledge at Plymouth Rock, the group vowed to limit their shopping to food, medicine and basic hygiene products, buying used wherever they could. …”

Follow the story at AdBusters.


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Written by Monte

April 23, 2007 at 7:49 pm

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