Friday, August 1, 2008
Today is the day I start Compacting
Today is the first day of my compacting pledge. I am officially not buying anything new, (except for food, toiletries etc), for the next two months. The purpose of this project for me is to truly live by the environmental philosophy of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”. It is also my statement against the pressures of consumption, and a way for us to live more simply, and frugally, and to save money as a result.
I first got this great idea from the Jenny over at the “Mamas On The Compact” blog where many other Mom’s are compacting for varied lengths of time. Jenny is currently in the process of moving from blogger to wordpress under the domain www.wedontbuyit.org and as soon as the move is complete I will be updating my compacting exploits over there as well as here.
I will be compacting for two months initially, and here is my pledge
I will not purchase anything new for the next two months with the following exceptions:
Food, drinks, and certain other obvious necessities such as toiletries, baby wipes, medicines etc
Shoes for the girls
Underwear and swimwear for us all
Gifts, although I will make every attempt to either make them, (!!) or purchase them from local, small, and independent stores to support small business and craftpersons. (I know all you friends out there are positively drooling at the thought of getting homemade gifts from me! :)
Within reason certain DIY stuff such as paints etc, although I will make every attempt to salvage, and obtain raw materials for projects as much as possible
Seeds and plants for the yard, though again I will attempt to seed and plant share as much as possible
Certain garden supplies such as potting soil
We will not eat at any chain restaurants or fast food outlets.
Anything else I find I really need to buy will be obtained second hand from thrift and consignment stores, Craigs List, Freecycle etc.
I will blog every week about my progress here at Green Desert, and at wedontbuyit.org, and will post immediately should I break any of my pledge rules.
Posted by Mo at 2:41 PM