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I have just borrowed this from INEBG forum - I started reading it with horrified fascination :shock:

The link to the whole article is here

........but this is how it starts...........


Could you do it?


How much preparation would you need? Or could you start right now?


How would you work out what your 'essential exceptions' were?


Interesting blog here: http://sfcompact.blogspot.com/


"About 50 teachers, engineers, executives and other professionals in the Bay Area (San Francisco, California) have made a vow to not buy anything new in 2006 -- except food, health and safety items and underwear.


"We're people for whom recycling is no longer enough," said one of the members of the fledgling movement, John Perry, who works in marketing at a high-tech company. "We're trying to get off the first-market consumerism grid, because consumer culture is destroying the world."





The Idea Behind It


To go a bit further than just Reduce Reuse Recycle; to help prove you are able to resist the relentless tide of corporate advertising and promotions that are engineered to make you part with your money; to make you examine in close detail what you actually spend your disposable income on in the first place; to further support local shops, food producers and small businesses.



What CAN I buy then?


You can buy anything you like, provided it is second-hand. Better still, borrow it or find it somewhere like Freecycle or a skip!


Are there any exceptions?


There are ALWAYS exceptions.


* Food and drink (unless you'd like to have a go at embracing Freeganism - if so, please tell us how you get on!)

* Utility clothing

* Medicines and other medical supplies (we'd be lost without Calpol in this household) - but not stuff like Botox treatments or Viagra unless proscribed by a doctor

* Stuff for cleaning (but do try making your own)

* School supplies for children (although I have to say that my children's school has plans to start up a regular second-hand uniform sale which I will be frequenting)

* Certain essential services like vets, plumbers, mechanics etc

* Things that are essential for your work

* Renewing subscriptions (no new ones)

* Giving money to charity

* Emergency birthday presents???



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Do toiletries come under the health category? I couldn't do without my shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothbrush etc.....not even for a day, nevermind a whole year.


Some things are part and parcel of our daily life anyway. We do our very best to be as green as is possible in our daily life.


I'm all for second hand clothes and I do think the uniform thing is a good idea. Children grow so fast that clothes hardy get worn out at all - unless in our house you only have a few things and wear them all the time until they need replacing! Second hand is generally fine but not always practical all the time.


I do draw the line at second-hand socks and undies :?:shock:


In theroy it's a great idea, but in practise not always possible.

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I don't think I'd be too bad at this - particularly as our local freecycle group is so active (picked up a chrome radiator / towel warmer last night). There are clothes frequently on there and other stuff that would do as presents too...


I would have the same question as Gina though re the cosmetics - although I do use simple ones that are better for the environment than normal ones... but still bought :roll:

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I have trouble not buying anything new for 12 hours,let alone 12 months :?:lol:


Interesting idea,though


Same here - it's that Ebay I blame! :roll: Actually, using Ebay is one way to start, as long as you are buying something someone has used as opposed to a new 'Buy it Now!' option. Freecycle is very good and I now a few people on here use that.


After reading the whole thread, it has made me question some of the things I was going to buy so that's good. Today's shopping list consists only of birthday presents and some Lush shower gel.


I need some time to think about it all.

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At the risk of sounding a bit thick...don't we live in a market led economy and so if everyone stopped buying, then the market would disintegrate, jobs would disappear and we would all be well and truly stuffed.


Sorry, whilst I applaud the anti consumerism and ecological thinking behind it, I can't help feeling that it is all a bit unrealistic.


In any case...I am powerless to resist a new handbag :P

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i am hoping to wear to the Edinburgh get together a complete organic outfit - trainers, jeans top etc. Have seen some great things in the Organic Life magazine so that has appealed to me.


I think I would find it terribly hard to not buy things for a whole year but I always choose things wisely - even if I see something like a top I really like but the care of the fabric is a bit too involved then I won't buy it.


It's not often that I get drawn in by the marketeers speel as although I appear to just shell out lots of cash I actually am a bit tight!




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you read my mind Gina.

I bought some of these recently



scroll down to the large needles, they are large, about 5 foot long. I haven't figured out how to post pictures yet so you'll have to wait for the sight of me knitting with them. Any way back to the thread, I am in the process of knitting a bed spread but I'm using at least 4 balls of yarn at once and one ball lasts about four rows. Charity shop unpicked garments are definatley needed I think, as my odd ball stash looked huge till I started on this but is dwindling fast.


On a similar subject, old wool jumpers felted in the washing machine make great cushion covers or bags. :D [/img]

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Wow - you can see just how big they are by that foot that's just poking into the picture in the top right.


You'll need extra thick chunky quadruple knit wool for those whoppers Trish! Have you really bought them? :shock:


A fab idea to knit a bed spread from old wool offcasts though. I remember knitting squares with my Nan when I was little and she sewn them all together to make me a blanket. I was much, much smaller then :wink:

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