Buy Nothing Day

A number of celebratory events were organized in Manchester, UK, with a strong emphasis on involving shoppers and passersby in the fun of Buy Nothing Day, celebrated on November 24:


A FREE MARKET with lots of books, clothes, tapes, dvds and toys. All for people to take away (free) to promote re-using items rather than binning and re-buying.


FLYERS: Aliens, sambistas, singers and students gave out flyers on Buy Nothing Day and reusing and recycling. Awareness was also raised regarding ethical shopping, asking people to think about the environmental damages that different products may contribute to.


A SAMBA BAND, Rhythms of Resistance Manchester, entertained hundreds of people with samba encouraging them to “Stop Buying Start Dancing.” The band was joined by singers and poets too! The sambistas entered the Triangle Shopping Centre, with a banner and flyers and full samba swing. The acoustics were great and the band sounded excellent – though the security guards soon pushed the sambistas out. The sambistas re-entered through the other door in clowning fluffy loving style. The tough security guards were liberated with samba rhythms, as they smiled to the fun of RORM!


GAMES were played in the shopping centres, reclaiming the space from a mad buying zombie area to a space of friendships, fun and positivity. The games engaged young people and shoppers too!


BANNER FLOAT (the action which was also known in code: “banner drops, they are so last year sweetie darling!”): A banner suspended by 28 helium balloons was released next to the Christmas tree in the Arndale Shopping Centre. The banner which simply stated “Buy Nothing Day” was admired by hundreds turning the shopping centre in a beautiful space! The banner float was accompanied by more flyering.


Read about more great Buy Nothing Day initiatives at  and find fun films about Buy Nothing Day on