This Friday is Buy Nothing Day. As a cure to the wasteful consumerism encouraged on "Black Friday" (it truly is a black day for the Earth when we hardy consumers consume even more), we are invited to participate in Buy Nothing Day.
Almost every day is Buy Nothing Day for me, so I'll probably participate by default (amazing how good a cafe sandwich tastes when you never go out to eat anymore). I'm not buying Christmas gifts this year, either. I've managed to taper off over the last few years by contributing to Heifer International instead. Buying poor people goats and chickens is much better than buying rich people more gizmos and doodads that start out as oil and chemicals and end up as ewaste polluting China or plastic particles bobbing in the Pacific Garbage Patch.
Do the planet a favor and focus on love and family this year instead of unsustainable consumer capitalism.
(That's the preachy-est post I've ever made. Sorry about that.)