October is Buy Nothing New Month!

October is Buy Nothing New Month!

The Challenge

I wouldn’t usually regard October as a particularly challenging month. Compared to January’s blinding heat, April’s chocolate and tinfoil overload, August’s exam period and December’s family Christmas stresses, October’s usually pretty un-challenging, if I’m honest. A nice month: fairly warm, fairly normal, fairly average.

But this October is different. This October is challenging.

Why? Because this October, the Mozo team have set me the challenge of participating in Buy Nothing New Month. It is, I’m afraid, exactly what it sounds like: a whole month of buying absolutely nothing that is new (aside from the obvious new necessities like food, hygiene products and medicine.)

Instead of purchasing new things, buy-nothing-newers are encouraged to barter, beg, swap and shop for secondhand goods. We’re talking Vinnies instead of Sportsgirl, a friend’s CD collection instead of JB Hi-Fi and super-glueing the soles of those shoes back together instead of forking out for an entirely new pair.

Yeah, I’m worried.

The Movement

The Buy Nothing New Month movement started in Melbourne back in the ye olde days of 2010, and has since spread internationally, taking off in the Netherlands. Participants like me aim to raise awareness of humanity’s wastefulness, reduce consumption, promote recycling and reuse and save some dollars along the way.

After whopping great success in October 2011, Buy Nothing New Month is back this October, with more than 20 000 people around the country expecting to take part.

The Guinea Pig

As part of my involvement in Buy Nothing New Month, I’ll be writing regular blog posts to keep all you Mozonians updated on my struggles, triumphs and general musings.

My challenging October begins now! Time to save some serious cash, take steps towards saving the environment, and get savvy about spending and consumption. Wish me luck!

Read MORE on Georgia’s Buy nothing New experience:

buy nothing new month - week 1Week 1 – The Battlines Are Drawn

Last week I pledged to buy nothing new during the month of October. So, how have I done so far? Pretty damn well, thanks for asking…READ MORE >>

buy nothing new month - week 2Week 2 – New Discoveries

This past week has seen its share of massive consumerism-related challenges. Here’s a recap of the week, including all its challenges…READ MORE >>

buy nothing new month - week 3Week 3 – Thailand, Tricks, and Tea

The last three weeks have been super challenging. Kicking my mindless consumerism habits has been tough…READ MORE >>

buy nothing new month - week 4Final Week  – Victory!

Over the past four weeks, I have saved over $1000 – simply by buying nothing new. Although it might sound preachy/hyperbolic…READ MORE >> 

October is Buy Nothing New Month! was last modified: June 29, 2015 by Georgia Kriz

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  1. awesome Georgia, good luck with Buy Nothing New Month. let us know how you go.

    however, just to let you know, good old Aussie started BNNM in 2010, we’re working with the dear Dutchies to spread the movement there.

    see. loads of good stuff starts right here! common Aussie common!

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  2. Every year I buy nothing new and shop in op shops etc and scrimp and save on a small pension. My birthday is in October. I hope my two children don’t sign up for buy nothing new in October . I WANT SOMETHING NEW!

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