This is the original Compact summary that we are following with some personal modifications that suit our situation a little better. We will be following all these ideas and adding a few f our own, which we will post soon.
Here it is:
January 1st was the start of our 12-month flight from the consumer grid. The Compact has several aims (more or less prioritized below):
1) to go beyond recycling in trying to counteract the negative global environmental and socioeconomic impacts of
consumer culture, to resist global corporatism, and to support local businesses, farms, etc. -- a step, we hope, inherits the revolutionary impulse of the Mayflower Compact U.S.
2) to reduce clutter and waste in our homes (as in trash Compact-er)
3) to simplify our lives (as in Calm-pact)
So, here goes for the rules:
· First principle - don't buy new products of any kind (from stores, web sites, etc.)
· Second principle - borrow or buy used.
· A few exceptions - using the "fair and reasonable person" standard -- i.e., you'll know in your heart when you're rationalizing a violation:
- food, drink, and necessary medicine (no elective treatments like Viagra or Botox)
- necessary cleaning products, but not equipment (don't go out and buy the Dyson Animal, for example).
- socks and underwear (utilitarian--non-couture or ornamental)
- pajamas for the children
· Utilitarian services (plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, veterinarians, dog/house-sitters, fire/paramedics, dry cleaners, house cleaners, etc.) -- Support local and encourage used parts (rebuilt transmission, salvaged headlight unit, etc.)
· Recreational services (massage, etc.) & local artisanal items- Good sources for gifts, but should not be over-indulged in for personal gratification
· Plants and cut flowers - Whenever possible, cultivate from free cuttings or seeds. Ok in extreme moderation when purchased from local businesses (i.e., not the
Shop)--and again, within reason Walmart Garden
· Art supplies - First line of attack: SCRAP. When absolutely necessary (for the professionals and talented amateurs in the group), from local businesses
· Magazines, newspapers, Netflix - renewals only, no new subscriptions. Even better to consume online
· V ideo rentals and downloadable music files (non-material)
So...anyone want to join us? Or, what 3 things do you think you could do/change?
Adam, Erin, Hannah and Jill