Great Reading for Buy Nothing Day

At a juncture when many societies are consuming at record rates, Buy Nothing Day is a good entry point into a cultural movement based on re-thinking what it means to celebrate, to express love, to reward ourselves.

Buy Nothing Day was launched as an international day of protest against consumerism to coincide with “Black Friday“, the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On Black Friday most major retailers open very early and offer promotional sales that can attract huge crowds of frenzied shoppers.

To celebrate and help you fill your free non-shopping time, should you care to participate, we delved into our archives and bring you some thought-provoking classic articles. Please dig in to the special front page feature and the “Related Articles” list here below.

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Carol is a journalist with a green heart who believes that presenting information in a positive and accessible manner is essential to activating more people to join the search for equitable and sustainable solutions to global problems. A native of Montreal, Canada, she joined the UNU communications team in 2008 while living in Tokyo and, after relocating to Vancouver, continued to telecommute to Our World as writer/editor through 2015.