October has been declared the month to ‘Buy Nothing New‘. Seeing as I’m interested in changing my spending habits, saving money and reducing my environmental impact, I thought I’d give it a go. Being generally in love with all things pre-loved and vintage already, I’m looking forward to seeing how much of an impact not buying anything new will have on my attitude towards ‘stuff’, and the health of my bank account.
Buying nothing new certainly doesn’t mean you can’t buy anything at all. Necessities are excluded from the challenge, but everything else you want to buy must be pre-loved. Instead of taking a short-term throwaway view of ‘stuff’, this challenge is intended to provide a greater understanding about the embedded cost and resources that go into the things we buy.
For me, the month is a reminder to spend my time and money more thoughtfully, and to reflect on my needs versus wants.