Last year The Age reported this –
IF YESTERDAY was a typical day for the state’s retailers, Victorians spent almost $22 million on household goods. Roughly $11 million went through department stores’ cash registers and $9.6 million was splurged on clothing and soft goods.
But as the retail industry gears up for another peak season of Christmas trade, anti-consumer group Culture Jammers was yesterday calling on people to spend a day spending nothing. All in the name of international Buy Nothing Day.
It was a tough ask, according to Australian Retailers Association executive director David Edwards.
“It’s the absolute peak time for spending in Australia and it’s very much part of our culture … we are trending to be a more materialistic society than a less materialistic society,” he said.
Despite this, Culture Jammers organiser Paul Johanson was out in Bourke Street yesterday promoting the cause, which he says is more about selling ideas than products.
With a pair of scissors hanging from a lanyard around his neck, Mr Johanson offered to cut up the credit cards of the hundreds of lunchtime shoppers. more here
5 thoughts on “Buy Nothing Day”
Thanks for highlighting this cause.
I did a little research and according to a media release (http://adbusters.org/metas/eco/bnd/view.php?id=403) Buy Nothing Day is on the 24th this year.
Have you seen the promotion for the movie What Would Jesus Buy? about Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Church Choir?
Thanks Rodney, appreciate that.
I will have a look at the movie
Yep, sounds good, just don’t not buy something from me 🙂
Does this include not spending money on the Forge workshop or any food/products offered near the venue?
It does Lance. Make your own lunch, bring your own water, and you don’t need to pay for the workshop on the day…pay in advance!! 🙂