Buy Nothing Day 2018 – NSN Stands Against Black FridayKate Stuart
This year, while most of the UK gets swept up in what has been coined “Cyber Week”, with all the Black Friday deals that go along with it, here at No Serial Number Magazine we have decided to take a very different approach. As part of a growing resistance against capitalism and the “buy more stuff” growth economy that we currently live in, we have made the decision to take part in Buy Nothing Day this year. The idea behind this day of activism is simple. For 24 hours, instead of joining in with the Black Friday spend extravaganza, buy nothing. That’s it. Easy, right?
The principles behind #buynothingday can be carried across the whole year too. Thinking about what we buy, who made it, where it was made, how ethical and sustainable it is, and more than anything, if we really actually NEED it in our lives, are considerations that are valuable all through the year, every single day. George Monbiot, in a speech at Newcastle University just yesterday, talked about the need for a new story, a new narrative to replace the old outdated one that says it’s okay to keep buying more and more stuff and sending more and more stuff to landfill. We think #buynothingday, extended throughout the year to bring consideration and thoughtfulness to the things we buy, can be part of the re-writing of the story.
Here are a few words from some of the people supporting No Serial Number with Buy Nothing Day this year.
“We support Buy Nothing Day because we believe in buying what we really need and not buying for the short-term pleasure of owning the latest trendy item, and because ‘economic progress’ should be measured in terms of how well we treat our natural resources, not in terms of the quantities of stuff we can produce and flog!”
Alessandra and Francesca Palange, NSN Editors.
” I support #buynothingday because I believe our planet can’t support human consumption at current rates. I believe we MUST learn to live with less, challenge planned obsolescence and stand against governments that put profit ahead of human, animal and planetary wellbeing.”
Kate Stuart, Writer for NSN and owner of The Phoenix Green Store
“I own a fiber shop and when No Serial Number Magazine asked for us to share how we would avoid consumerism on Black Friday, I thought, “What? I’m dependent on shoppers to exist!!” But the more I thought of the madness on that day, I decided to close my shop on Black Friday and spend an extra day with my family. I’m really looking forward to relaxing at home. Thanks!”
Raeschell Parr Noonen owner of Nimby Acre Fiber Art
Charlotte’s Cupboard, the UK’s very first package free shop on wheels decided to sing their message in support of #buynothingday!
We’re really happy so many of you are seeking to help change the story that is currently destroying life on our planet. To support #buynothingday we’ll be making all our digital publications available for free to raise awareness of the many eco conscious artisans, enterprises and associations that we feature in our magazine. If you would like to read one of our back issues of No Serial Number Magazine, all you need to do is create a free account with digital newsstand Magster.com here.
Once you’ve done that (and it only takes 2 minutes!) click on this link here (www.magzter.com/coupon/redeem), sign in and then enter the coupon code BUYNOTHINGDAY to access up to 12 back issues of our magazine for free. This offer is running all weekend from Friday 23rd November until Monday 26th November so don’t delay! Once you’ve selected the copies of NSN magazine you’d like to order for free, go to ‘My Single Issues’ to read them.
We really hope you will enjoy having this access to our magazine! We believe that craft, and those creatives who put planet and people ahead of profit, can help rewrite the global economic and environmental narrative and we are proud to publish their stories. We truly hope you will enjoy reading them.
With best wishes from The NSN Magazine Team.