What we are not buying is extra stuff - we try to stick to the necessities of food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and health care. We do not spend much on clothes, as we just take good care of the clothes we own.
But in a world where virtually anything you can imagine you can buy, why not buy anything other than necessities? Here are just a few of our reasons:
- we are satisfied with what we already have
- the less we buy, the less we have to work
- our current consumption is already more than our fair share of the planet's resources
- we figure that one person changing their own behaviour is better than 100 people trying to get governments, the rich, or corporations to change theirs
- it gives us a wonderful feeling that we are part of the solution
- it feels like the right thing to do, and the right time to do it
- buying less stuff means less hassle - stuff must be procured, paid for, stored securely to guard against theft, maintained, and disposed of eventually
- with less stuff we can live in a smaller, more efficient home
- by keeping our lives local we save money on travel, and get to really know our area and the people that live in it
- low consumption lifestyles help create a more equitable world
- none of the world's great teachers has said that acquiring lots of things will make us happy, quite the opposite in fact
- more is like an anchor, less is like wings
Why are you buying less stuff?