It’s the second article of a series which aims to show that big stores and big brands are a problem for society’s, communities, our environment and mainly for us as human beings.

I’m sure it would be good if we’d boycott big stores and big brands.

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How?

Consume less.

Don’t buy. Revise your needs. If you wanted to shop for an item, wait for 30 days and ask yourself again, do you need it. You lived 30 days or more without it!

READ ALSO: BUY NOTHING EXPERIMENT – DO YOU ALSO WANT TO FEEL SO GOOD?

If you really need to buy an item, think about buying second-hand.

So many items that have been used but are no longer needed and are in good condition are in circulation on the market. Producer and shop have already gained on it – don’t support them for the second time. Moreover, these second-hand and no longer needed items if not to the next owner will go to a landfill. Waste and pollution.

READ ALSO: WHAT SCARES ME… AND LEADS TO REDUCING WASTE

Use what you have.

I recently wanted to buy a new pillow case because the one I used got holes in so many places: the material just got thin. Fortunately, before going to a shop I realised I have a pillow case of bigger size that I don’t use. So I used it for my little pillow.

Grow your own.

Have your private sets of vitamins and supplements in the form of chives. At least.

Borrow.

READ: MINIMALIST’S VIEW ON BORROWING

Make your own.

Maybe even from things and materials that you already have.

Shop locally.

To make it your routine, you have to make a completely new map of your area of living. A map with places where you can shop for herbs, food, clothes, children clothes, cosmetics etc. You’ll put there shops and other places that are the least similar to big brands and big stores described above. A little shop run by a few people that sends taxes to your country. A shop or market selling food and other products made by people living in your region. A non-brand restaurant.

Don’t advertise big brands and big shops!

Don’t wear things with their logos, don’t carry bags with their logos. Don’t be proud of having an Apple device. Instead read about the conditions and salary of miners who work to acquire metals needed to produce electronic devices.

Anti-consumerism – books:

To be more conscious in the subject of anti-consumerism I recommend you to read:

Naomi Klein, No logo – a cultural manifesto for the critics of unfettered capitalism worldwide. A story of rebellion and self-determination in the face of our new branded world.

Naomi Klein, This changes everything. Capitalism vs. the climate – a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. Either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world.

E. Benjamin Skinner, A crime so monstrous: face-to-face with modern-day slavery – after spending four years visiting a dozen countries where slavery flourishes, Skinner tells the story, in gripping narrative style, of individuals who live in slavery, those who have escaped from bondage, those who own or traffic in slaves, and the mixed political motives of those who seek to combat the crime.

Here you’ll find the list of all important for me books that have been changing me.

To watch:

Annie Leonard, The Story of Stuff

Other videos by Story of Stuff Project


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Why to boycott big stores and big brands?

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