University of Bath - Nothing new for me, thanks

January 22, 2009

A staff member and part-time student at the University of Bath is starting her second year of abstaining from shopping. Christine Bone, an administrator and student on the School of Management's MSc in responsibility and business practice, is committed to "compacting", a movement whose followers shun shopping for anything new for a specific period of time. Compacters can borrow, barter or buy used items, but they pledge that the only new goods they will purchase are food, toiletries, medicines and similar essentials. Ms Bone said: "I loved shopping and it was a big part of my life, but the course I am doing about business, community and sustainability made me want to go beyond recycling and reusing to reducing what I buy."

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