features | 29.11.2005 15:39 | Culture
Saturday November 26th 2005 was Buy Nothing Day (UK), the self proclaimed festival of frugal living and culture jammers jamboree. A day to expose the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism, where developed countries (only 20% of the world population) are consuming over 80% of the earth's natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage and unfair distribution of wealth. [Buy Nothing Day UK website]
A wide range of activities happened over the country. In Leeds free vegan burgers were given away outside McDonalds, there was also a free shop and party [report and pic]; Birmingham saw not only a Free Shop and Food Not Bombs but a day of mischief [report and pics]; Southampton people had a picnic on a busy shopping street; in Bristol People met up and gave away books, clothes, tea, food and information [feature] [pictures] [video], Bristol IMC also held a related film night. Glasgow who had advertised their By Nothing Day with some interesting subvertising were invaded by a detachment of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army.
Glasgow Buy Nothing Day 'Ad'