I decided to personally (as opposed to talking my whole family into joining me) take the Buy Nothing New pledge for 2013. My primary motivation is that I think our culture is all about making us consumers, and that there is just too much stuff being produced in an unsustainable and exploitative way. And yet, we are well-conditioned to keep consuming and I think I need a break to be able to really examine my relationship to consumerism.
So far, it's been a bit harder than I expected. I actually dream about shopping, about new dresses, new shoes, new purses. My slippers are wearing out. I really want a new purse. And I'm discovering just how much shopping is related to envy, low-self-esteem, and boredom.
These are all good reasons for why I need to stick this out.
But I need to find some time go thrifting soon!
Warning: plenty of explicit language