Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Buy Nothing, Create Something Week

Back at our fall retreat in September, our Regeneration (College and Career) group at WMB decided that we wanted to do something to raise awareness about consumerism in our lives. So we decided to have a "Buy Nothing" week, during which we don't buy anything (other than a set budget for food). We also discussed how the fact that few of us know how to make many things for ourselves impacts our need to consume. So we changed it from simply "Buy Nothing" to "Buy Nothing, Make Something"

Last night, my Mom taught a group of us how to make soup and biscuits and we made a huge batch so we all have a couple lunches for the rest of the week. Quantity cooking is better and so much cheaper! The rest of the week will include "Trick or Eat" reverse trick-or-treating (collecting food for the food bank), a community meal, Urban Croquet (sounds fun eh?), a night of learning to sew/knit/etc and a movie night.

Maybe this week you could think about how you can buy less and make more...

5 comments:

Spam said...

Yay I can finally comment!
That soup was soooooo good for lunch today! as where the biscuts.
Not quite as good as the Pilgrim soup though :)

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I hemmed a pair of pants for my colleague and two skirts for my mother-in-law...does that count as creating something? It saved them from having to find a professional to pay to do it.

Anonymous said...

i'm making a sweater for frogbear...

Steph said...

diedre - it totally counts!
annemarie - poke.

Steph said...

Pam - I told my mom, she was happy you like it. :)