Friday, September 10, 2010

I'm Thinking About It...

So, I am thinking about doing The Compact as my 2011 project. Essentially, members of The Compact don't buy anything new (minus food, toiletries, underwear, gas...that's probably about it.) I've been reading The Non-Consumer Advocate for months now, and she does The Compact. I've also read a few other articles and blogs about the idea....and I'm toying with it. You are allowed to buy things on Craigslist, thrift stores, get things off of freecycle, yard sales, etc.

I'm drawn to it not only for financial reasons (I would definitely save money), but also for the appeal of living more simply, being less focused on consumerism, and lessening my impact on the environment. I also like the idea of really committing to a project that will be a challenge for me.

I'm hesitant because...well I like stuff. I enjoy getting something new. I also worry about gifts...though I have been thinking of ways to make that work.

Any Compacters out there want to chime in? Anyone want to join me on the challenge? I know we've got some months to go, but this is such a big goal that I am going to need to mentally prepare for it.


  1. I think it would be cool to prove to yourself and others that being a consumer does not lead to happiness.

  2. Don't forget free recycling groups like Freegle, ReUseIt and Full Circles! If there are active groups in your area you shouldn't have too much trouble finding stuff.

    I've built a new site at that tries to makes it easier to use these free recycling groups. I'd love to hear feedback if you get a chance to try it out.