City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Buy Nothing Day UK


By edg - Posted on 13 November 2018

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Friday, November 23, 2018 (All day)

Shoppers of the world are being asked to put down their carrier bags on what is traditionally one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, put up their feet and/or do something fun and free for the  annual Buy Nothing Day.

Buy Nothing Day is the brainchild of Adbusters magazine - the same organisation that was the catalyst in 2011 for the global Occupy Movement, which included Occupy Edinburgh. It was set up with the aim of concentrating minds on what life might be like if we live with smaller ecological footprints.

"It's a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life," says the Buy Nothing Day (UK) website.

"The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!"

Suggested events include zombie walks to shopping centres, credit-card cutting parties, "whirl mart" actions, which is where a group of people endlessly drive empty shopping trolleys around the aisles in a conga line, sharing Christmas present exemption certificates, or agreeing among family and friends to only previously used or home-made goods.