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The first Buy Nothing Day was organized in Canada in September 1992 “as a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption.” Today more than 65 nations participate including the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, France and Norway.

If you choose to participate but are wondering what to do, here are a few suggestions:

Learn Something

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Build Something

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Play Something

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Cook Something

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Make Something

Make a gift collageA Solstice gift

  • Medallion snowflakes to decorate for the season and are reusable
  • Finger crochet a warm, fluffy scarf for a loved one
  • Ice Lantern to illuminate a walkway or as a table centerpiece for a romantic winter meal
  • Stained glass cookies can be made for decoration or placed in a decorator tin or on a platter and presented as festive gift/treat to your host.

Make a light collageA Candle from the unused wax of your old candles

  • Excellent way to recycle
  • Can be made as a gift

Before and After collageMake space!

  • Excellent time to de-clutter
  • Make a gift of what you don’t use by donating to your local homeless shelter or school clothing drive or American Red Cross
  • Makes room for all the Solstice gifts you’ll be getting ;p

Make a meal collageMake a meal from Thanksgiving leftovers

If you participate in Buy Nothing Day and have suggestions or ideas on what to do, we would love to hear them.

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