International buy nothing day has only just been brought to my attention!
Apparently it is the 20th anniversary of this amazing concept that empowers people to make a statement by simply doing nothing, more importantly, spending nothing.
I am not going to write any points of view here, I just simply want to point people in the direction of something that they may find interesting.
You’ve been sleeping on the streets for two months pleading peacefully for a new spirit in economics. And just as your camps are raided, your eyes pepper sprayed and your head’s knocked in, another group of people are preparing to camp-out. Only these people aren’t here to support occupy Wall Street, they’re here to secure their spot in line for a Black Friday bargain at Super Target and Macy’s.
Go check out the adbusters website for a very interesting read. Lots of things you can do to “#occupyxmas” too.
Today I picked up my weekly organic fruit & veg box. It’s $30 for the whole selection you see here, which is more expensive than the majority of available fruit & veg, but it is very very nice and way better for you. Not only is it be better for my health, but I am hoping that my choices also increases the demand for organic, which in turn should create more demand for clean farm land and therefore reduce the need for the use of harmful chemicals in the ground.
Funnily enough, although many people complain about organic being more expensive, I believe it to reduce costs overall. The reason? Well, because you always have fresh vegetables; you prepare better meals that require less packaged goods, which actually cost more money. Also, because you are eating way healthier, you don’t end up buying all the extra snacks that you might when your meals are not nutritious enough. A great side effect of which – you end up with less packaging waste, again better for the environment.
Check around to see if you have any farmers markets in your area or a company that supplies a special box of organic fruit & veg. It takes the pain out of shopping too as you don’t have to think about what to buy; you just use what you’re given and it encourages you to try so many different types of recipes and concoctions. The time you save shopping, can be used to prepare extremely satisfying meals.