the story of stuff + over consumption

My new mantra in 2011.
The more you know, the less you need. And facilitating this sometimes scary knowledge is the amazing Annie Leonard and The Story of Stuff, which I linked to eons ago. That said, it’s time to give a shout out to these incredibly informative videos. To make us more aware of how big our footprints on the planet are even when we are conscious and trying to make them smaller. Cuz sometimes less is more.

shoptimism + consumerism + buy nothing day

November 27th is BUY NOTHING DAY – a day to quite simply be happy with what you have + not look for happiness in things + stuff + such. BUY NOTHING!!

So it turns out that this dude Mark Boyle in the UK got so into the idea that he’s spent the last year buying nothing. AS IN NOTHING. Not even FOOD! He lives in a camper on an organic farm where he trades work for food. This be his blog. Just for the love of it

Powerful if not a bit extreme. And tough.
So on the other side, in time for this big day is a new book called Shoptimism which is all about why we shop and how we can buy our way out of the economic doldrums. Thing is, the writer is talking about how we’re immune to advertising yet buying something that’s socially hip can be considered a NEED. Seems a tad contradictory to me.
Guess I want to make sure that I only WANT what I truly NEED.

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