Sightline Series

My Year of Nothing New

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Sightline staffer Anna Fahey started 2012 with a bold resolution: to buy nothing new for a whole year. Stuff hogs space and takes lots of energy to make, so this is about lightening her environmental load, but more importantly: it’s saving her cold, hard cash. Follow her progress, trials, and tribulations (especially with a toddler in tow).

Posts on My Year of Nothing New

10. A Look Back at a Year of Nothing New

If you're looking for a New Year's resolution, I recommend this one.

9. Meet the Minimalists

Two guys paring life down to its essentials.

8. Going Cold Turkey on Black Friday

What are you doing on the biggest shopping day of the year?

7. My “Slavery Footprint”

Yet another good reason to stop buying so much stuff.

6. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—and Repair!

Is there a fixer revival underway?

5. Used Is the New New

A photo essay celebrating readers' second-hand treasures.

4. Living the Good Life, Not the Goods Life

A notetaking video on the pitfalls of materialism---and what to do about it.

3. Our Year of Lent

Buying nothing new leads to expansion, not contraction.

2. Where Oh Where Does Your Money Go?

Cutting carbon may be a happy side effect of saving dough.

1. Nothing New in 2012?

A New Year's resolution to stop buying new stuff.