Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Year of Anti-Consumerist Living Lives On

A big thanks to Steve at the environmental blog Next Starfish for inviting me to share an essay I wrote back in early July, "The Year of Anti-Consumerist Living," on his site. I hope it sparks some interesting conversations. Feel free to check it out here!

PS: And I guess it's time to start making some confessions about my various "slips." I promise to post those in the comments section of Next Starfish soon.

11 comments:

  1. robin- the link to your article isn't working for me, fyi.

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  2. I took the challenge myself....I read the anti-consumer post and decided to do it. I am on my 8th month...going strong...but I did accept gifts during holidays...oops. But I have not bought one thing new for myself! I have also encouraged a few others to give thought to the idea. Thanks...by the way, I am sure needed some new shoes... :) My weakness at times...urrr.

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  3. Selena~I love hearing that this post inspired someone to take the leap! And congrats for surviving (slip free) the first eight months. As for those shoes, I discovered you can get nearly any pair you want second-hand on e-bay...cheaply...and gratify that springtime shopping itch. Four more months to go! ~Robin

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  4. I didn't realize when I read your post at Next Starfish that your challenge had already been underway for so long. I'm mostly done with my no-buying-no-shopping-March and am still learning about my triggers. I had a dentist appointment today and had a hard time talking myself out of treating myself to a stop off at the nearest thrift store. I resisted, but it was a close thing.

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  5. Our family went six months without buying any plastic or packaging a couple years ago, so I relate to what it's like taking something like this on. I've noticed that it can actually take me years to ripen into a new mindset so that it becomes a truly authentic and a part of who I am, though challenges like this yield big discoveries quickly...like, whoa, I can actually live without buying new stuff, but sometimes I still like to :)

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  6. Kyce--I kept thinking, throughout this year, that no plastic would be the *real* challenge. I'm not ready for that--especially with a second baby on the way--but I deeply commend you for doing it for so long, and more importantly, for sticking with so many of your daily no-plastic practices. Baby steps here!

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  7. A new follow-up post up today, complete with confessions, mishaps and revelations!

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