Friday, 23 January 2009

Good Magazine's Five Anti-Consumption Heroes

The Amish, who travel by horse-drawn buggy, sew their own clothes on foot-powered machines, and cook on wood-fired stoves.

No Impact Man, the 44-year-old writer Colin Beavan, who is attempting to live without making any net impact on the environment. Which means no trash, no cars, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no plastics, no air conditioning, no TV. And no toilets…

The Church of Stop Shopping who march and sing about “stop shopping” till they drop.

The Compact
, a network of over 9,000 people who have accepted the challenge to not buy anything new for one year, except for medicine and knickers.

The Freegans, who are “people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources”. More often than not, that means dumpster diving-salvaging discarded, unspoiled food from supermarket dumpsters.

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