This October take your waste-less living to another level and take part in Buy Nothing New Month.
It’s a pretty simple concept that started here in Melbourne. The rules are easy. For one month, think about your purchases and ask yourself the following:
“Do I really need it?”
If you do, then:
“Can I get it second-hand or borrow from a friend/neighbour/family member?”
“How long will I use it for and what will happen to it afterwards?”
Best of all, this challenge is LEGITIMATELY free. You’re not buying anything new. You might find out you love it.
In fact, over the past 2.5 years, I’ve rarely gone shopping or bought anything new, excepting of course food, hair/skin products.
These are pretty much the only things I’ve bought new since 2015:
- Shoes (long-lasting sustainably made that will last YEARS, although most of my shoes are second hand)
- Gifts (I do try to source gifts second hand but it’s not always possible/accepted by the gift recievers)
- Occasional statement piece of clothing (again 95% of my wardrobe is thrifted but sometimes I cave when I need a piece quickly and don’t have time to source through op shops/marketplace/gumtree/carousel/ebay etc)
- Seed and Sprout lunchbox
- Mason Pearson Hairbrush
- A baltic amber necklace
Most of my home is furnished with second hand finds. Our voracious appetite for things is fuelling this market where you can get essentially new items second hand. There’s been occasional extra items I’ve purchased to fill a specific urgent need like a few storage boxes for moving when I couldn’t source enough second hand in the limited time frame we had. Honestly it’s not hard and is a little addictive trying to find fabulous pieces at a fraction of the price. Like my $3000 coffee machine I picked up for $340! I must write a post about that sometime…
So what are the rules of Buy Nothing New month?
Basically you need to make a pledge to buy nothing new this October. The exceptions are: Food, Drinks, Medications, Hygiene Products. For everything else you can borrow, barter, swap, or buy second hand.
I’ve taken the pledge. You can too. Click here to pledge. Happy Saving!