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Fri Nov 29, 2019, 09:08 AM

Buy Nothing Day

Received an email from one of my favorite herb and essential oil companies this morning inviting me to participate in Buy Nothing Day.

To avoid any suggestion of my advertising for that company, I'll just post the body text of the email which I feel is appropriate for those of us that are anti-consumerism and pro-earth:

In the spirit of living mindfully and avoiding over-consumption, we're inviting you to celebrate "Buy Nothing Day" with us. Here's how you can join in:

How To Participate In Buy Nothing Day

Don't buy anything. Plain and simple.


Volunteer and give back to your community! You can also search for a local food bank, animal shelter, retirement home, or library. Whatever your interest or skillset, thereís a group that needs your help.
https://www.volunteermatch.org/
https://www.indeed.com/
https://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/volunteer.htm
https://www.unitedwaylane.org/
https://www.redcross.org/
https://www.habitat.org/volunteer

Whatever you decide to do this Friday, we hope you are in the company of the people and plants you most cherish.
and..
Share your Buy Nothing Day activity with us! #BuyNothingDay

We could say it's an effort to turn Black Friday into Green Friday for planet earth.

I'm totally into that game today........

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KY_EnviroGuy Nov 29 OP
Ohiogal Nov 29 #1
Ponietz Nov 29 #2
Maeve Nov 29 #3
Dennis Donovan Nov 29 #4
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 29 #5
Merlot Nov 29 #7
Bradical79 Nov 29 #25
bucolic_frolic Nov 29 #6
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 29 #10
Ohiogal Nov 29 #27
lark Nov 29 #8
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 29 #12
lark Nov 29 #15
JoeOtterbein Nov 29 #9
UTUSN Nov 29 #11
Pepsidog Nov 29 #13
LakeArenal Nov 29 #14
Aquaria Nov 29 #16
RestoreAmerica2020 Nov 29 #17
AllaN01Bear Nov 29 #18
3Hotdogs Nov 29 #19
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 29 #31
KSNY Nov 29 #20
milestogo Nov 29 #21
Lady Freedom Returns Nov 29 #22
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 29 #23
MineralMan Nov 29 #24
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 29 #29
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 29 #26
SWBTATTReg Nov 29 #28
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 29 #33
Nature Man Nov 30 #42
whistler162 Nov 29 #30
Raftergirl Nov 29 #32
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 29 #34
central scrutinizer Nov 29 #35
Dark n Stormy Knight Nov 29 #37
Brother Buzz Nov 29 #36
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 30 #39
Brother Buzz Nov 30 #40
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 30 #41
brooklynite Nov 29 #38

Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 09:10 AM

1. What a fabulous idea.

I hope this catches on!!!!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 09:14 AM

2. Rec!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 09:19 AM

3. Been doing this for years

No interest in the extreme consumerism of Black Friday, so I tend to stay at home and relax after the bustle of Thanksgiving. If I go anywhere, it's to the grocery (or liquor store) for a few supplies we need to have with the leftovers.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 09:31 AM

4. Here's the thing...

All of the stores you're not going to shop at has employees who are not rich. And they're the ones who will suffer, ultimately.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 10:03 AM

5. Look at it this way, Dennis....

those employees will not be hurt one bit 'cause I'll still do my shopping on some other less stressful day. If anything, not shopping today will take a little stress off them.

Most Americans will still consume about the same, regardless. On-line retailers are those folk's greatest enemy by far.

I think the main point here is the need to stop impulse consumerism, the result of which will be a good reduction in waste of natural resources and reduction of the massive volumes of trash we create every day - very little of which is truly recycled.

America's addiction to cheap Asian throw-away goods is slowly destroying our livelihoods, our communities and our environment.

KY...........

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 10:59 AM

7. We should address store employees issues with higher wages, no on call scheduling

Supporting the issues faced by retail workers would be more helpful than simply shopping at a store and increasing the stores bottom line.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:40 PM

25. Nah, we're fine.

Not like "Buy Nothing Day" will make a real dent in our profits. We've been steadily cutting full time jobs for years, slashing bonus money, capping pay, etc. One person helping someone directly does more good than buying a few more trinkets helps us retail workers.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 10:56 AM

6. Green consumerism will only delay the day of reckoning

my consumption is very low, and I recycle by selling castoffs and used goods. The Earth needs to rest. I doubt 5% know what that means.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:24 AM

10. K&R for truth. I fear we're fighting a losing battle.

Corporations, the markets, and right-wing politicians do everything in their power to hide the harsh realities of rampant wasteful consumerism from the public, especially regarding the effects on climate and our food and water supplies....and by default on our long-term collective health, and that of plants, insects and animals. It's somewhat surreal that massive loss of insect species could bring the human race to an end in the coming centuries.

It would be virtually impossible to convince a parent buying cheap imported Christmas toys at Walmart or someone buying a package of inexpensive shrimp at Kroger that those purchases are slowly destroying our very existence long-term.

Sounds like we're somewhat alike in that I simply cannot throw hardly anything away that might be of use. I got that from parents that went through the Great Depression in the hardest of ways. But, I think I'm the last of that breed.

The Earth does indeed need a few thousand years of rest from humanity. Even then, the scars we've left would still be here.

KY..............

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:50 PM

27. I'm so frugal

I keep hardly used Ziploc bags and sheets of aluminum foil so I can use them again.

My family fills up a huge bin for recycling every 2 weeks. Just imagine if we threw it all into a landfill. The landfills are big enough!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:11 AM

8. I have been practicing buy nothing day after thanksgiving for several years.

Coming back from taking care of Zelda the grandcat, I was thinking of stopping for lunch as I usually do on these days. Then I remembered all the food I had at home and that today was such a day of over-consumption and frenzied buying and decided to drive on.

Today I start on Christmas, it's red Santa day, then tomorrow my husband will put up our tree and I will start decorating that, then on to the rest of the house.

i never really thought of using this day to give back, and intend to start that next year when I'm hopefully a lot stronger. That's a really great idea.

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Response to lark (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:37 AM

12. Thanks for those positive vibes, Lark. Really needed them today.

I'll refer you to this post I put up for Thanksgiving that reflects most of my feelings during the holidays - mostly contrary to that of our society.

See: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181287850

I only got two replies but it helped me just to write it out for emotional relief. I have so many simple things of life to be grateful for, and need to get off my butt and help a neighbor.

Enjoy your decorating and be safe out in the hustle-and-bustle of these holidays.......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:47 AM

15. I get it, writing things out is very cathartic. I often do this.

When the doyen of our house, the sweetest prettiest little Calico, died last Sat. I didn't want to post the news because our daughter is out of the country and I didn't want to ruin her trip with this sad news. So I wrote about our love for little Zoey and how her leaving had changed the dynamics for all the animals in our house. I then deleted it, feeling better because my grief didn't drip over to Amanda and she got to enjoy her holiday unburdened with sadness.

Glad you have things/people in your life that cause you to rejoice, makes life so much easier and more bearable, especially in these dark times.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:14 AM

9. K n R ! Thanks for posting!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:27 AM

11. K&R

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:40 AM

13. Great idea. Or better yet if you do buy, buy from local, small, mom & pop stores.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:40 AM

14. In our area, Saturday is "Buy Local Day"

If you live in a small town, shop at local business. It can make all the difference to your small community.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:53 AM

16. Can't help you out with this one.

I need TP today, after my cat decided that the brand new supply I had in the pantry was a scratching post. Or a wolverine that needed annihilating, from how she massacred the stuff. And I have maybe a foot left on the roll on the spoke that survived her wrath.

I am not doing without TP to save the earth. Ainít happening.

Besides, my husband works at a grocery store. Heís leaving early today, because business is dead. The morning of Black Friday is the perfect time to shop in peace and quiet. Youíll all but have the store to yourself. My kind of grocery shopping day!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:55 AM

17. Great idea. Now..can we have a day of respite from el pendejo in WH. No pics, no videos, no tweets

Not one damn thing, nada! Anyone with me ?

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:57 AM

18. today is stay home day for me ! :)

aint goin nowhars , esp near wal mart.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:04 PM

19. Reverend Billy, and the "Church of Stop Shopping."

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #19)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 01:38 PM

31. LOL, I remember that one from many years ago (W's years?).

Looks as if he may still be around but a bit less active.

A good one from the past:

Reverend Billy attempting to exorcise bad loans and toxic assets from the Bank of America ATM in Union Square, New York City, 2009

Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverend_Billy_and_the_Church_of_Stop_Shopping

KY.....

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:12 PM

20. I'm observing National Stop Shopping Day today

But whatever you call it. It is an excellent idea.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:15 PM

21. Indeed is a job posting site.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:19 PM

22. I can get get down with that.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:30 PM

23. betcha can't stop with just 1 Buy Nothing Day

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:33 PM

24. Normally, I never buy anything on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

However, my snow shovel broke on Wednesday, after 15 years of good service. It's going to snow tonight, Friday. So, I went to Home Depot and spent $20 on a nice new one. Why Home Depot? Because the snow shovels at most other retail outlets are pretty worthless, and I want one that will last another 15 years.

Other than that, I won't be buying anything today, but I did have to buy a snow shovel today.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #24)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 01:19 PM

29. Hey, any day is OK to buy tools (says the unrepentant tool freak)...

I'm checking out cordless drills today on-line (for a son-in-law gift)........

but buying in-store on Monday.......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 12:47 PM

26. I'm out of cat food so I will have to buy *something* today.

But there's no way in Hell that I'm going to participate in the Black Friday melee.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 01:11 PM

28. Oh, so buy nothing eh? Are we supposed to shut off the water, electricity, gas too, so we won't ...

buy nothing? Kind of simplistic to 'not buy anything day', and perhaps there are better ways to support the meaning and intent of 'not buy anything day'.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #28)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 01:56 PM

33. I think the intent is good and well-founded with the basic concepts of....

* encouraging people to stop impulsive buying,
* encouraging people to stop making impulsive trips to stores and instead keep shopping lists and plan ahead,
* refute the concepts of race-to-the-bottom pricing which encourages importers to abuse human rights in manufacturing, and
* to revisit the original intended principles of the holidays of humility and sharing, lending a helping hand to the needy and being grateful for our basic needs being met and for just being alive.

The concept is aimed toward obsessive/compulsive merchandise purchases.

No one has suggested shutting ourselves off from our basic needs.......

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #28)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 02:27 PM

42. the perfect must ALWAYS be the enemy of the good!!!!!

/sarcasm

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 01:23 PM

30. Bought my mom a battery for her

17 year old flip phone. So I didn't participate.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 01:41 PM

32. I've never shopped

on Black Friday. I canít think of anything Iíd rather not do.

Iíll spend a few hours one afternoon in December online ordering Hanukkah gifts for the little ones in my extended family (I donít spend more than $25-$30 per kid,) and one gift for the Yankee swap the adults do. $75 is the amount for that gift decided by those who choose to participate.

My kid gets renewal of AAA every year and Iíll give him a nice check.

Husband and I donít exchange gifts. We just say something we are doing or somewhere we are going is our gift. This year itís the laundry room/pantry remodel.

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Response to Raftergirl (Reply #32)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 02:13 PM

34. I like your concepts.

Gifts that are sustainable and last a while are best. I enjoy giving magazine subscriptions for ones I know they will enjoy, although that seems to come with an unspoken expectation of a renewal next year.....

Also like to keep notes throughout the year of things I notice my family needing. That saves me some stress when birthdays and Christmas come around.

And, I'm old enough now to tell my folks to not buy me anything. I have enough clothes and other stuff to last the rest of my life.......

.........well, maybe except for chocolates and cashews.......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 02:50 PM

35. our whole extended family buys nothing

No gifts for anybody. Everyone puts some money in one hat (sliding scale, suggested amount is $25) and the name of a nonprofit in a second hat. A name is drawn, the money is bundled and sent off.

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #35)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 10:59 PM

37. Very nice.

What a wonderful family you must have!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 03:08 PM

36. To Hell with that

I really, really needed a garden hose washer so I rode my bike to the hardware store and got one.

They only sell them in a 10-pack, so I guess I got my stocking stuffers shopping done. WooHoo!

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #36)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 12:50 AM

39. You got my sleepy brain trying to envision a machine you use to wash your garden hoses....

(a garden hose washer). And, they come in TEN packs?

The truth finally struck me after a bit more coffee.....




KY.......... ........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #39)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 01:18 PM

40. Those are the damned rubber ones

I've got nine of those left over from a decade ago when I had to buy ten to replace one washer. I tried using one of them but they aged poorly and turned to stone.

I went with vinyl this time.

I have one word for you, son, plastics.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #40)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 02:18 PM

41. That massive space-age R&D program resulted in....

three little ears to keep them from falling out......

Yep, I got some old red ones that dry-rotted too. New plastic ones are pretty green!.....

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Nov 29, 2019, 11:16 PM

38. I suggest that you buy nothing...if you want to. Otherwise, buy what you want...

"I don't XXX and neither should you" posts are never appealing.

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