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Buy nothing new month 2015

My normal practice is to see that buy nothing new month has already happened, and then do my own thing for the month of November.

This year, I was about to buy (another) yoga mat. Not because I needed it, but because I couldn’t be bothered carrying my yoga mat between offices. There is a yoga program at the office in the CBD; and there is a yoga program in my main office out in the western suburbs.

Carrying the yoga mat between the two just too much effort; have you been on a sydney train in peak hour?

The document obtained by Fairfax Media shows patronage on the Western Line is expected to increase 4.5 per cent a year until 2021, the fastest growth on the network. This is followed by the Northern Line (3.7 per cent) between Epping and Strathfield and the Airport & East Hills Line (3.3 per cent).
The documents show the average load on Western Line services arriving at Parramatta would be more than 1400 passengers a train. It is difficult to run services on time when trains carry more than 1200 passengers because people take a long time to get on and off carriages in the crush.
Punctuality figures released last week show the Western Line, Sydney’s busiest, is already struggling to cope. The line recorded the city’s lowest punctuality figure last year at 92.2 per cent, just above the government’s 92 per cent target and below the overall rate of 94.7 per cent.

So the existence of buy nothing new month has worked! I checked my desire for a new yoga mat up until the end of October. After that, I’ll have to re-evaluate after seeing if carrying it in between locations is really all that bad.

Did the “buy nothing new month” campaign make you re-evaluate the need for a purchase? What was it?

Buy Nothing New Month – Inspiration

I spotted this in Camperdown/Newtown area:

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Inspiring!

Although not very practical if it’s not undercover.

Buy Nothing New Month 2013

Rather than bore you all with clothes that you’ve seen in previous years… proving that I really don’t buy much new…. I thought that I would share with you snippets on buying nothing new…

Firstly, I upload this post a little early because of the following idea: phonebloks. Every year, certain phone manufacturers release a ‘new’ phone with new features that some people believe they must have right now. They ‘upgrade’, and their unwanted phone is at best on sold, gifted to another member of the family, recycled for the rare earth metals or thrown into landfill. Even if it does get reused, after awhile software developers and manufacturers stop supporting the phone and it appears to be ‘too slow’. But what if the phone was made of modular components that you could upgrade, depending on your needs? Like lego… but phone parts?

I was watching tv one day, and I watched a show showing the building of a collection of Walter Segal self build housesby a low income community. The roof is achieved using grass and soil, the wood is from sustainable or recycled sources, and you don’t need a trade to do it. I wonder how this model would work in the “sunburnt country” of Australia? Probably not a lawn, but a bunch of drought tolerant grasses. This was featured on the Grand Designs tv show.

Illawarra Flame house. These guys converted the good old aussie fibro shack into a sustainable house using a brief of “older couple, about to retire, looking to reduce their on-going living costs”. And they won an award at the solar decathlon (Energy Olympics!). I almost wish I had a fibro house to convert!

Recently, during the 2013 Australian Federal Election, Peter Slipper (ex-Liberal party) was accused of reusing his old campaign posters, just cutting off the bit that said “Liberal Party”. What’s wrong with that? The only thing I would’ve done differently would’ve been to print stickers that said “independent”, and stuck them on top of the posters. (He conceded defeat about three hours after the polls closed)

I had two bags that needed minor repairs recently. My traveling backpack required the replacement of two buckles. Secondly the strap clamp on my $2.50 charity store red handbag was breaking, and needed to repaired somehow. Searching online, I found two places in Sydney that repaired bags.

The Sydney luggage centre was going to send my bags away to a factory, with a minimum charge of $50 per bag. Michael of the Ultimate Cobbler charged $40 to replace two buckles on the backpack, and $15 to fix the strap on the handbag. $65 total!

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Awesome, and so much better than buying replacements just because a small thing on the item is broken. Michael reckoned that the quality of the leather handbag was very good, and of the order of a $200 bag. He was also possibly buttering me up.

Over enthusiastically washing my coffee plunger one day, and broke the glass breaker. ARGH! In the past, I’ve just thrown the skeleton out. This time, I went to one of the kitchen ware/homewares type store, and bought a replacement breaker. For $6. Which was twice the price of the original plunger that I had picked up at the local second hand thrifty store!

Everytime I’m in a secondhand thrift store I like looking through all their plastic containers and hunting for tupperware brand. Why? Because the company will replace lids and parts that are broken from normal wear and tear. Admittedly buying new costs an arm and a leg – and about ten times what you would pay in a supermarket. But you can’t ask the supermarket brand to replace a broken part. The cake carrier I spent ages hunting for is a very simple tupperware model, like an inverted container with the lid on the bottom. I bought this secondhand, it’s got years of life left in it and its a lot more compact than any other cake carrier I have seen for sale.

Here is a jelly mould that I bought recently:
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I bought it for the gorgeous green colour of the main mould. The lid has just been replaced.

What’s your inspiration for Buying Nothing New for the month of November?

Buy Nothing New Month – Day 31 Hail All Hallows

I wanted to wear something a little special, because it was All Hallows Eve.

But then I needed to go to work, so you got this:

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You got me midway.

The top is a bike riding top by N-Zo dirtwear. I was about to go for a summer series orienteering run before I remembered I had to take a photo.

Wrap Skirt. – something silky synthetic from a million years ago. It’s long. It’s got flowers on it. It’s really flattering. I’ve had it for at least 10 years, but I think I got it from a wardrobe raid.

Accessories this time are super white.

I wore a set of white and “gold” clip on earrings that I showed you two days ago. I have a big triangular shaped ring with a white stone insert which you can see. This is a set size ring, with an elastic band connecting the top and bottom halves of the ring.

Thank goodness that’s over.

And I did alright at the summer series run.

Buy Nothing New Month – Day 30 A little orange to brighten the day

I’m glad I only did this for 12 days. It’s exhausting! It also shows that I am probably *not* the target market for this kind of campaign, since I wear the same thing all the time.

I remember when I first took the girls to a Salvos store. They were stepping gingerly around as if they would catch some disease just from being in the same air pocket as second hand stuff. Now they quite happily visit the Savers store in Brunswick VIC and browse for hours.

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Yet another shirt from the Thai tailor.

Aasymmetrical woollen skirt from M-one-eleven.

Orange coloured wooden bead necklace, made by Rare Rabbit, purchased at Maiocchi Brisbane. I really like the orange colour.

Since my outfit is much the same as it has been on previous days, I’ll show you the button detail on the tan coloured cardigan:

Button detail

Get it?

It’s a horseshoe, a set of stirrups and a whip. The cardigan comes from the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Buy Nothing New Month Day 28: Emergency Intervention

We had planned to go to the Fresh from the West festival together. But then it turned out an overseas friend was turning up on her doorstep. Tomorrow. With 24 hours notice.

So I dressed, took a photo, and then changed into cleaning clothes. After I assisted in some of the house cleaning, I headed out for festival frivolities, and changed back again.

In the background you can see one of my preferred cleaning products when it’s an emergency and you just have to use a spray: Murchison-Hume. Plant based cleaning products, food and people friendly, free from ammonia and bleach. I originally spotted their product in Accoutrement shop Mosman, but I have also seen it stocked in Victoria’s Basement. There is something about citrus smells that just screams *clean*, No?

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Grey knitted top from Cotton On.

Black/Green skirt from Lush, Melbourne.

Firucchi fuchsia coloured belt with interlocking “leaf” belt buckle. Purchased yesterday at the Surry Hills Festival. But I made sure it was second-hand first. And I had to have it. My search engine also tells me that they are an Australian company. Yay!

Buy Nothing New Month Day 27 – festival time

Getting all dolled up for the Surry Hills Festival. The weather was warm in the sun, but with a bit of a cold edge in the shade. I hadn’t planned to go, but I wanted to meet up with my friend M and rescue my cake carrier from her before any more lemon meringue pie ended up on my car’s back seat.

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Grey long sleeve knitted top from Cotton On. My mate had a job to clear out a house when some parents kicked their adult kids out, and he came away
with a bag of clothes. This was one of them. I like it because of the extra
body length. I don’t have bare my midriff.

Blue cotton spotty skirt – rescued from my mum’s wardrobe during a recent cull.

Red cummerbund from Ammo, Melbourne.

New black cardy from China.

Green pashmina from HangZhou, China.

Black and pink Dunlop volley shoes. I got these when my walking boots were giving me blisters.