Well buy nothing new month got an early start yesterday. The youngest boy is going through his bash and crash stage and took out the set top box by dragging it out snapping some pins in it and hurling it aside…
Needless to say it was not working. Being a geek as well as an urban hippie I pulled it apart and was able to remove the broken cable ends and had a spare cable. All put back together and all working.
It is buy nothing new month http://www.buynothingnew.com.au/why/ in October.
We have made decision to do this for October and to be honest we have already listed some caveats (at the bottom of the post) but I am really looking forward to it. Yesterday I did the last run to Bunnings to grab a few items I need for a hot house I am building and as I did so I thought no more time wasted in places like this. If it takes longer then it takes longer to source or find.
Now a very serious disclaimer here. I am most defiantly not suggesting that you fix things unless you know what exactly what you are doing. Electrocution and house fires are not good. BE VERY VERY CAREFUL WITH REPAIRS IF IN DOUBT DON’T!
Working in IT this is my skill set and at the end of the day my 30 minutes spent repairing this was well spent saving $50 for a new set top box and reducing waste.
- For others it might be just pulling out some clothes they have not worn in a cupboard for a party rather buying a new outfit.
- Shopping second hand (even I do not mind a visiting second hand stores)
- Make something as a present.
- Baking someone a present.
- Looking for a repaired or renewed item from a local repairer
- Or Gaffer tape repairing my poor old wheel barrow.
For me repair and using second hand items is very much the way of the urban hippie and it is something I recommend to everyone. At the end of the day taking responsibility for your own life is something we all need to do. Outsourcing your life makes you vulnerable to being owned by your employer and the system. The more you can do the more you are free.
It is also fun to learn new skills and do new stuff.
This can only be a win, win for you and the world.
The group running this also makes some interesting points on the politics of purchasing. Sadly your dollar may be worth more than your vote these days and voting with your dollar is something you need to think about. But that is a post for another day.
I will post at the end of the month on how we went and what we would do differently next time.
Exemptions for Buy Nothing New Month.
- Bee keeping equipment for when A.’s nucleus hive arrives
- Netting if we need to net fruit.