So I’m halfway through my Buy Nothing Year and I’ve managed to buy relatively little other than goods for my household and food. My primary deviations include art supplies for a design class I took; the last issue of Regeneration magazine; saplings for my garden on 2 occasions; 2 bags from Blue Leaf, made by my student; and Norman Finkelstein’s latest book on Gaza for a review I wrote about it.
The hardest moments came when I took trips to Kolkata and Delhi; I limited myself to buying sweets as souvenir gifts. I chose not to limit gift buying so I did continue to purchase gifts for friends’ birthdays and such.
But now I have a new challenge: my phone is on the brink of dying. The screen has been broken 2 times (meaning it stopped reacting to my touch) and I fixed it twice already. Both times the repair cost as much as a new phone would have cost. And this is one of the main problems with planned obsolescence, something that the Story of Stuff narrates quite well:
I’ve been living without a camera on my phone for the last several months as a result of the break down, but now I’m struggling to decide if I should spend money to fix it again or if I should get a new one. I wish we had Fairphone in India – I’d feel much less reluctant about this decision.