This Saturday, the 26th of November, is Buy Nothing Day. The purpose of the day is to challenge yourself, your friends and your family to switch off from shopping and tune into life.

It’s no coincidence that the campaign focuses on what will undoubtedly be one of the busiest shopping days of the year, being the last monthly pay day before Xmas.

This is a completely FREE event to take part in and aims to raise awareness of the ethical and environmental impacts of shopping and asks people to challenge themselves to not shop for 24 hours.

So are you up for the challenge? Do you think you can go 24 hours without buying anything? Go on – have a go!

And what happens after Saturday? Well the campaign also wants to encourage people to look at other ways to ‘shop’. Suggestions include:

  • Buy second hand or pre-loved
  • Recycle something you no longer need and turn it into a new present for someone else
  • Hold a swap shop event where you exchange things you no longer need with your friends, neighbours and colleagues
  • Donate to a charity shop and buy from charity shop
  • Make something – bake a cake, paint a picture, knit a hat – use your skills to make something with that little extra TLC – check this website out for some suggestions
  • Give an experience as a gift or a locally made product – check out Gifted People for some ideas
  • Buy from your local shops and support local business
  • Offer your time – how about a baby-sitting voucher? or offering to cook someone a meal?
  • Buy Fair Trade and ethical products

As you can see there are lots of different ways in which we can give gifts to the people we care about. Have fun and Happy Buy Nothing Day!