Nov. 26: Int’l Buy Nothing Day


Jan Slakov

Dear RN,                    Nov. 22

On Fri. is International Buy Nothing Day. These messages will tell you a bit
more about it.
all the best, Jan
        November 26, 1999 - BUY NOTHING DAY!

*show our power as consumers to the corporations- show them we can refuse to buy

*shopping uses our time and energy and diverts us from life. Visit a friend,
write a letter, go for a walk, read a library book instead of shopping.

*consider our unsustainable level of consumption. The average Canadian uses
15 times more resources than the average Mexican.

*On every day of the year we can consider new ways of living and conserving.
*buy less and buy carefully.

*buy FAIR TRADE products.

* shop at locally owned stores for goods we really need.

*buy used goods

*rent or share equipment

*buy LOCAL and ORGANIC products direct from the farm/co-op

*drive less, use public transport, walk and cycle more.

*note from Jan: Eat less or no animal products. Much more land and other
resources is needed to produce food from animals than for us to eat the
plant matter directly. And it's better for our health too. 

Remember: many of the world's people won't be buying most days anyhow
because they are too poor or they live in self-sufficient subsistence
communities. We can work with them to change ourselves and the world. Join
and act in social justice, solidarity and environmental groups.

Text: Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, Victoria, BC <•••@••.•••>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 01:20:49 -0800
From: •••@••.••• (Joyce Lydiard)
Subject: Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day, November 26, 1999: This event launched a few years
ago by the Vancouver-based Media Foundation challenges us to relish our
power to change the economic environment as consumers.  Buy Nothing Day
helps us to think about our "shop-till-you-drop" culture and its effect on
the world.  Its message is a positive one.  People are not asked to refrain
from buying what they need, but to look at what they're buying and what
effect our purchases have personally, socially and environmentally.   Held,
just as the Christmas buying frenzy starts, it encourages people to spend
their time with loved ones or resting instead of herding to the stores on
weekends or on weeknights.  Posters, "gift exemption certificates", and
other tools can be downloaded from the Media Foundation web site
( <> ) to help you mark Buy Nothing
Date:   Wed, 08 Sep 1999 22:12:53 -0600
From: "David J. Parker" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: The Next International Buy Nothing Day

>From:       •••@••.••• (Omslag - Buy Nothing Day Campaign)
>Date:       Wed, 01 Sep 1999 22:05:48 +0200
>Subject: The Next International Buy Nothing Day
>The Next International Buy Nothing Day will be celebrated 
>on Friday November 26 / Saturday November 27. 
>It will be a day of cheerfull actions about consumption, 
>environment, human rights, fair sharing and sustainable 
>development. Participate in this world-wide protest-day against 
>western over-consumption! 
>   For more information: 
>1. Have a look at (partly in English). 
>2. To receive a more extensive message, send this two-line 
>   message to <•••@••.•••>: 
>       info bnd-list 
>       end 
>3. Or subscribe to the International Buy Nothing Day Mailing List 
>   for more ideas, information and inspiration. 
>   To subscribe send this two-line message to <•••@••.•••>: 
>       subscribe bnd-list 
>       end 
>Messages to <•••@••.•••> are processed automatically. 
>For a human response send your reactions to 
>(If you are not interested, do nothing. You won't get more 
>messages from us). 
>Omslag, Workshop for Sustainable Development 
>P.O.-box 163, NL 5270 AD Sint-Michielsgestel, The Netherlands