Buy Nothing Day

ProletarianNews bstoller at utopia2000.org
Thu Nov 28 23:43:34 MST 2002


Minneapolis Star Tribune (with additional material by the Guardian). 29
November 2002. Proponents of 'Buy Nothing Day' warn against excess
consumerism.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Today, one of the busiest shopping days of the year,
several people plan to go to Nicollet Mall and gleefully dance down
store aisles with shopping carts.

But their carts will be empty.

Instead of filling up on after-Thanksgiving sales, the BodyCartography
Project will be performing with their carts between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
to promote Buy Nothing Day, an 11-year-old grass-roots campaign to tame
consumerism one day at a time, beginning with the season opener.

Similar groups will be out all over the world during the holiday
shopping season, spreading their message that consumerism -- which some
describe as the over-consumption of goods, resources and services -- is
wasteful, harmful to the Earth and morally vapid.

They will be armed with marketing materials that include posters,
handbills, stickers and news releases, supplied by Adbusters Media
Foundation, a Vancouver, B.C.-based social activist group.

Buy Nothing Day's proponents suggest making alternate gifts, such as
knitting a hat, giving away a valuable possession, hand-making soap or
candles, buying a used book, volunteering or donating to charity.

Kalle Lasn, the day's initiator, estimates that up to a million people
in 55 countries will be taking part in what is the 11th such annual
event, with mass cutting-up of credit cards, barter fairs and the use of
alternative currencies.

Lasn said the day had a particular relevance this year because President
Bush has told Americans that it is their "patriotic duty" to buy.

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