End: November 24, 2017 12:00 am
Venue: World-Wide Event
Some argue that ‘Buy Nothing Day’ can be the start of a life-changing lifestyle commitment, where others claim it’s meaningless, as observers simply buy more the following day. Either way, there’s no doubt that going without buying anything for an entire day is quite a challenge in the modern world, and will serve to make you think about your purchasing habits and what evaluate what is truly important to you in life. We encourage you to make green lifestyle choices that benefit you and our environment every day of the year, so it should come as no surprise we will be celebrating & promoting Buy Nothing Day in our Community on Nov 24th, 2017!
In Manitoba, there has been a growing interest in Buy Nothing Day as Black Friday events have become more and more widespread here at home. Watch local Global News coverage of Buy Nothing Day from last year to hear from some local community members about this annual event;
The History of Buy Nothing Day Buy Nothing Day was founded in Vancouver, Canada by artist Ted Dave in September of 1992. It is celebrated on the Friday after American Thanksgiving (the day also infamously known as ‘Black Friday’). And anyone who has ever seen what happens in North America during the Black Friday sales understands all too well why it was high time that we take a step back and look at ourselves, our behavior, and contemplate the meaning of all of the Black Friday madness. Soon after Buy Nothing Day was created, campaigns to have a similar day of reflection started appearing all over the world. More than 65 nations currently participate in it. Adbusters, a company responsible for the initial promotion of Ted Dave’s idea for Buy Nothing Day, states that the day “isn’t just about changing your habits for one day” but “about starting a lasting lifestyle commitment to consuming less and producing less waste.”
How to Celebrate Buy Nothing Day
People who observe ‘Buy Nothing Day’ can do many things to express their objection to our consumer-based culture. They may simply stay home with friends and family rather than going shopping. Some organize a so-called “zombie walk”, during which all of the participating “zombies” lurch around stores, supermarkets and shopping malls aimlessly, buying nothing, and staring ahead blankly. This is used to raise awareness about Buy Nothing Day, as the “zombies” will inevitably be asked what they are doing and why, and then can proceed to explain their point of view. Some people have taken advantage of the lack of shopping on that day, and used the time to instead celebrate nature and the immense amount of beauty it offers us, free of charge. This can be done by spending the day in the countryside or the mountains, or even in a park, resting in the sunshine and enjoying the breeze. Some other participants stand in a shopping mall with a pair of scissors and a poster that advertises help for people who want to put an end to their mounting credit card debt and shopping addiction with one simple cut.
From Daysoftheyear.com (Source)
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