I recently stumbled across a new group of activists/ordinary folks that call themselves “Compactors”. These earth-life-conscious individuals are taking on a noble pact to not buy anything new for one year (there are, of course, some exceptions which are listed on their blog).
When I told Jason about this, were both became intrigued by the idea. Could we do it? Could we survive? We could go to thrift stores and use freecycle and Craig’s list and eBay. But, wow, this would take some real will-power and dedication. There would definitely be snags. No more hopping over to Radio Shack to pick that 1000th cable that Jason needs for something electrical. Ixnay on my obsession with browsing clearance racks at Target for candles. And, oh my goodness, how in the world could I give up indulging in my IKEA fixes?
There were few things that popped into my head that I didn’t find that the blog addressed in my quick skimming: cosmetic products and baby products (like wipes, etc). How amI to hunt down free or leftover hair mousse, shampoo, cleansers, etc? I guess I can make them myself? I know that my talented and resourceful MB could whip these up in an instant. But lazy ol’ me?
Ultimately, I would reason to say we are not up to the challenge at this point in time. But the idea of reducing our consumption and our waste is so important. I’ve often told myself I would only buy clothes and toys at thrift stores and that I would always donate something in replacement. But convenience has, unfortunately, won me over with its quiet beckoning. And I just find myself feeling grossly overindulgent when I purchase new things, even though I’m a penny pincher most of the time. It’s not about the money, rather about the overabundance of stuff that we have access to and that we purchase.
Anyone out there willing to take a stab? My home state of Arizona has yet to be listed on the Compactors website as a state with an active group. Hmmmm….
Also on their blog is another interesting link to a group called the Really Really Free Market. This is truly fascinating and sounds dreamy and deliciously hippy-like in the most freeing of ways. Total benevolence and goodness. San Fran is so damn groovy, adept at pursuing ideas both progressive and ancient at the same time. I pine for that kind of community. Someday?