Wednesday, June 2, 2010

12 months Without Buying a Thing?

Could you do it do you think?  Well one dedicated group has decided to give it a crack. 

One thing I love about the blogosphere is the ability to pick up on things that never make it to main stream media and thanks to Tightwad I discovered The Compact.  Go and visit Tightwad, click on this button, for loads of great money saving ideas, once you've read this posting.
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You can check out The Compact in detail here:
Basically they aim to: (and I quote their web page directly here)
  • To go beyond recycling in trying to counteract the negative global environmental and socioeconomic impacts of disposable consumer culture and to support local businesses, farms, etc. -- a step that, we hope, inherits the revolutionary impulse of the Mayflower Compact.
  • To reduce clutter and waste in our homes (as in trash Compact-er).
  • To simplify our lives (as in Calm-pact)
They intend to buy NOTHING new for 12 months.  They'll survive by way of barter, borrowing and used products.  Their main blog can be found at:

For the Aussies visiting here the Australian blog is  Which provides links to several useful sites including Freecycle in Australia and a great bike recycling project.

It's a fascinating concept and discussing it with friends many questions started to come up.  What about food? What about petrol?  It made me realise how much we depend on others for our lives.  What if we didn't have petrol?  It's a real possibility in our lifetime I'd think.  What if we couldn't go to a supermarket?

Thank goodness for our veggie patch and things like our raspberry bushes!

As someone who dedicates a good deal of her life to saving the scrubby bush and its inhabitants, I can only applaud a group so dedicated to getting away from the consumption that is wrecking the planet we all live on.  Yes I do understand the practicalities of our life, but isn't it time we all looked towards sustainable jobs in a sustainable economy to ensure we all do have a future?  Food for thought.


  1. It's all good and there's ways round most things.

  2. I have great admiration for these people and look forward to reading the book that most likely will result.

  3. I'd love to try this but I know we'd never last but I hope they manage the full 12 months :)


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