As the year-end approaches keep in mind that an object will never make you happy. It might for a few minutes, maybe even days, but in the end your experiences are all you’ve got. So this year why not get your family together and do something wildly different. Ignore Black Friday. Try buying almost nothing for Christmas and you might experience the most joyous holiday season you’ve ever had. Buy nothing and experience everything.
Since the early 1990s, Buy Nothing Day has inspired worldwide personal and collective action against consumerism. Buy Nothing Day isn’t just about changing your habits for one day it is about rediscovering what it means to live freely.
Join millions of us in over 60 countries on November 25, 2016 for Buy Nothing Day and see what it feels like to take a stand against corporate domination. Then, as we enter the holiday season, consider what it might mean to celebrate a holiday that isn’t driven by commercial forces. If you are going to buy, make a choice and go local, independent, or make something. Lets take back our lives and stop buying into the consumerist machine.
And why not get playful while you’re at it!? … Put up posters, organize a credit card cut up, pull off a Whirl–mart, or a Christmas Zombie walk through your local mall.
Watch our infamous “North American Piggy” anti-advertisement for Buy Nothing Day – banned from MTV and other networks worldwide.
Credit Card Cut Up
Stand in a shopping mall with a pair of scissors and a sign offering a simple service: to put an end to extortionate interest rates and mounting debt with one considerate cut.
The cheerful dead wander around malls, marvelling at the blank, comatose expressions on the faces of shoppers. The zombies are happy to be among their own kind, but slightly contemptuous of those who have not followed the logic of capitalist consumption to its inevitable cannibalistic conclusion.
You and nine of your closest friends silently drive your shopping carts around in a long, inexplicable conga line without ever actually buying anything.
Download Buy Nothing Day images to insert into public spaces: poster your apartment, flyer your neighbourhood and cyber-spam your friends. Submit your own designs to [email protected] and be featured on the website.