December is upon us, which means holiday shopping, holiday decorating and holiday cooking.
Or . . . it means working on your new year’s resolution. Because if you wait until December 31st to figure out your 2012 goals, it might end up being nothing less than a depressingly self-serving to-do list:
- Lose weight
- Learn French
- Exercise more
- Stop watching The Kardashians
But I have a new year’s resolution for you to ponder:
Buy nothing new for a year. It’s called The Compact, and it’s a world-wide movement where people make a one year commitment to stop buying new stuff. There are no official rules, and everyone puts their own twists and exceptions in their compact. (For example, I allow purchases of new underwear and socks.) Because I have been participating in The Compact since 2007, my rules have relaxed and I do buy a few new things every now and then, but for the most part it’s a rarity.
Everyone brings their own personal motivation to the project, and for some the choice to avoid new stuff is purely environmental, while for others it’s a financial decision. Doesn’t matter, as it’s your decision, and the result is the same. Over manufacturing of unnecessary and overly packaged stuff is a huge global issue, and The Compact is a great way to take a personal stand.
So, what do you say . . . can I talk you into trying The Compact?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
P.S. Please stop watching The Kardashians. I beg of you!
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