You could be forgiven for thinking that today is all about Black Friday: the shopping phenomenon that seems to mark the beginning of the Christmas season.
Here in Bath our annual Christmas Market has started, with an ever increasing number of stalls and crowds, making the city centre almost impossible to navigate.
But did you know that today is also Buy Nothing Day: an alternative to the frenzied festival of over consumption. Organisers of Buy Nothing Day suggest you stay at home or meet with friends and family – do something free and step off the consumption treadmill for just one day.
Alternatively I like this idea here from Barnardo’s The Thrift blog, suggested by the blogger love a good stripe: The Black Friday Black Bag, Why not sort through your clothes, books etc and donate a bag to your local charity shop today?