Since its launch twelve years ago, Buy Nothing Day has grown into a worldwide celebration of consumer awareness and simple living. Observed about a month before Christmas, the West's busiest shopping period of the year, the campaign has sparked debate and raised awareness of our consumerist culture.
As part of international day of action 'Buy Nothing Day', actions took place in various places in the uk and other parts of the world:
- London: GAP clothing outlets will remain closed, one for each shopping day of the week.
- Manchester: A stretch of JCDeceaux street advertsisements along the A6 in Salford were redectorated to re-enforce the advertisers' messages. Also, a number of 'Whirl Mart' actions took place.
- Sheffield: A shopping centre was visited by people who just wanted to have a good time in this pleasant community area.
- Sussex: University students disabled as many of the banking facilities on campus as possible.
- Birmingham: A Santa Parade, exorting people to "Buy More, Be Happy" and "Work! Spend! Don't think!" took to the streets.
- Prague, activists from Slovakian Food not Bombs gave the cashiers symbolic red tulips.
- Paris (French report): Actions against the advertising aggression and against cops. Pub panels were covered and advertising posters were decorated. [Report (fr) | Photos]
- Poland actions [Photos]
- New York: Reverend Billy and the Church Of Stop Shopping Busted on Buy Nothing Day. [Photos]