No shop 2018. One of the biggest trends with the demographic of some of my favorite people I know.
What it is? Why is it even a thing? What’s the benefit (besides having less things/minimalism)? Is this really a good thing?
Let us address the first question. What it is! Basically, if it’s not a necessity people aren’t buying it. New dress because it’s pretty? Pass. New shoes because splurge? No, stop it. Gifts? Only it if can be from the ‘approved’ list. That’s the gist there.
Second, why is even a thing?
I think that varies per person. For some, it may be a way to improve a consciousness of what we buy. For others, a way to create less waste. Save money, obviously. It will be different for everyone and that goes for many things in life!
Third, what’s the benefit?
Plenty. Save money. Buy less things we possibly don’t need. Creating that awareness of what we do buy and why. Creating less waste by not purchasing such things as fast fashion, plastic containing items, etc.
fourth, is this really a good thing?
From a theoretical point of view, if EVERYONE decided to join the no shop movement, it could be bad for companies. Companies that hire people and create jobs. From a realistic point of view and with the understanding of the mentality of humans and how hard companies work to get those purchases, it won’t have that detrimental of an effect. At best, It may help get the message across about what large groups of people want to see or are not impressed with from companies.
I have said it before that we speak with our money. It’s one thing to say you agree with something. It’s another to put your money where your mouth is or don’t for that matter. What sells is what will keep selling. Supply and demand. If you buy food packed in plastic, companies have one more reason (your purchase) to keep selling that way. If enough people don’t buy it, companies begin looking into WHY their products aren’t selling.
While I don’t think that this movement is wide spread enough to cause a horrible effect to businesses, I do worry about the small businesses that depend on an already small target audience. That money doesn’t go to a second home, it goes straight into a family/individual’s life. With that in mind, here is how I am participating and why I decided to *kinda* join in.
I, just like many, often buy things I do not need. Albeit with the best of intentions. I’ll thrift shop for clothes but I had so many items of clothing that I just ended up donating things I had bought just 6 months prior! Another eco friendly travel mug? Oh ya, because someone else said THIS was THE travel cup that you HAD to have if you were a REAL zero waster.
Why was I doing this?! Sometimes it was a ‘good’ brand. Sometimes it was the pattern or it was just pretty. Sadly, what I think is pretty doesn’t always translate to I would walk around in it. More cups just meant more to clean and keep track of. Just because it’s a ‘good brand’ doesn’t mean it fit my personal body well. Do I need another fox mug? Ummmm... define need?
See? Problem. I needed the help to differentiate wants from what really made me happy.
I’m starting this to not only help myself be more aware of my shopping habits and what I actually need, but save money and create less waste! It doesn’t matter if the travel cup is ‘zero Waste produced’ that is a sales gimmick. Anything creates waste to create things. Whether it is electricity or materials. My cup is fine but if it breaks, I’ll make that purchase. I won’t magically forget the perfect cup and if I do, a quick search when I’m shopping will remind me.
Here’s the list of things I WILL be buying (remember this list is non-essentials. Bills, groceries and the like are priority.)
-School related items
-digital downloads for entertainment from the original creators (piracy is illegal, very harmful and a growing problem)
-Gifts for others (birthdays and holidays included)
-Indulge items for myself and others
-work related items
-replacement parts or materials for existing things/repairs
-replacement items (such as shoes)
- my capsule wardrobe (done in 2017 but still on this list)
Now, I guarantee many no shoppers are looking at this list and saying ‘Um... literally this is all the shopping... so...’ I know, right?! It does look like it and guess what? I’m NOT joining the no shopping trend, so to speak. I’m taking the wonderful inspiration of no shopping and turning it into something I can use.
What I will do is make sure my purchases are ONLY from bulk stores, small businesses, without plastic, with lots of intent and thought. My caveats may not count as a typical No Shop 2018 (hashtag*). I’m simply shopping with renewed intention. I won’t just buy a new laptop when I can take mine to be repaired. I won’t just buy a gift at the store for my best friend. I’ll find a small company that will create something with as little waste as possible. What if I want that movie REALLY BAD?! I’ll download it from iTunes or Amazon, skip buying the plastic disk and case in the store. For school and work items, Zero Waste! Will I buy that quick coffee or fast food lunch for myself? Nah, I’ll just make it.
Will my shopping cease? Will I go all year with no spending? No, because I can use my purchases in a more powerful way when it’s shopping with intention VS wants. I also am a typical woman with a typical family, including but not limited to typical requirments. My shopping will lessen, quite significantly and what I do spend will bring me joy. Joy in knowing my purchase literally helps a small business and family. Joy knowing my work will be productive and successful. Joy in knowing that darn fox mug will make the collection that much happier every tea time. And joys from not shopping? Joy knowing I didn’t buy a pair of pants that bites into my hips! Joy knowing that $10 I saved on coffee can get me some rad bath items on Etsy! Joy knowing when I skipped that travel mug that I won’t have to pay attention which lid goes to which stinking cup!!!!
The best part of this demographic are the mass amounts of complete and utter amazing people. Rarely are there any with a strict set of rules and an up turned nose at ‘non-compliants’. I bet knowing that their story could inspire someone, even a little, would bring them pure pride, so tell them! Tell the world! Thank them for their inspiring life and congratulate them! Even if it isn’t your cup of tea!
If you see no shop 2018 and think it’s complete and utter nonsense, think again. Think about how your personal shopping habits identity who you are daily. What identity do you want? Now, think about what power you have. How you can help your ideals and even the world around you. You could even learn a bit about what really brings joy into your life and what is just a purchase for purchases sake.
Love and find your own happy,
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants