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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.
In Manitoba, there has been a growing interest in Buy Nothing Day as Black Friday becomes more widespread. Watch local Global News coverage of Buy Nothing Day from 2016 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. More than 65 nations currently participate in Buy Nothing Day. 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. We encourage those who are considering participating in Black Friday to find an alternative activity. Click here for a great list of winter activities for you to enjoy with friends and family.
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