As someone who calls herself “The Non-Consumer Advocate,” you’d think that the reasoning for my lifestyle would be straightforward and all soundbite-y. Something like this:
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
Oh wait, I do have a soundbite . . . .
But life is never as simple as a snappy and cute sentence.
My goals (in no particular order) are to save money, choose used over new, spend less money, have less stuff in my life, minimize my role in the environmental effects of global over-manufacture of stuff, make over under-appreciated goods, value my own life and privilege, make healthy choices, repair and mend whenever possible, provide well for my family and spread the word that a non-consumer life is a desirable and fulfilling life. (And probably some other reasons as well.)
Sometimes the financial aspects of non-consumerism head the list, but other categories will often jump the line.
It’s like a huge and and ever moving venn diagram with a big circle of non-consumerism in the middle.
But today I want to know why you are drawn to a non-consumer lifestyle. Are you climbing out of debt, are the environmental benefits your motivation or maybe you just like the creative challenge? Please share your story in the comments section below.
I want to know your story.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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