Can you go 30 days without buying anything new?

Take the Yerdle Unshopping Challenge

Take the Yerdle Unshopping Challenge With Me!

As you know, I’m a fan of month-long challenges. October Unprocessed has been a tremendous success for thousands of people in large part because of its 30-day structure. That’s because a month is enough time to change (or create) a habit, but not so long that it seems insurmountable.

Well, in honor of Earth Day, I’ve partnered with my friends* at Yerdle to tell you about a new challenge they’ve issued — it’s pretty cool, and I’m excited to accept the challenge myself. (* by “friends,” I really mean “family” — my genius-environmentalist-cousin Adam is one of the co-founders.)

What’s this thing called “Yerdle,” you ask? It’s a virtual storefront that that lets you go shopping for free. You can post pics of the stuff that you don’t want anymore, and give it away for virtual cash. Then you can use that same currency to get stuff that you do want. It’s not shopping… it’s unshopping!

Consumerism, it turns out, is addictive — we all have too much stuff, but few would argue that our lives are much the better for all the clutter and waste we create. Yerdle’s 30-Day Unshopping Challenge, launched this week, asks a basic question, with profound implications: Can we stop shopping for 30 days, and still get all the things we need?

Sign up for the Unshopping Challenge Today!

Through Yerdle, you give your unused stuff to those who can put it to use, and get the things you need from others who have it – instead of shopping for something new. I’ve used Yerdle to give away a hard drive, a cable modem, an MP3 player, a bluetooth adapter and keyboard, and more. It was stuff I wasn’t using anymore and was just cluttering up our house. I’m proud to have helped give it a second life with someone else. In return, I’ve used my Yerdle dollars to score some pretty sweet stuff, including several items of Patagonia clothing, a light fixture in our bathroom, a wireless router, and even winter booties for Molly. I’m looking forward to continuing to unclutter–you should see my office… really, it’s a mess–and this challenge is just the kick in the pants I need to make it happen.

With the Unshopping Challenge, Yerdle wants to convince 1,000 people across the country to lighten their load, and focus on the things that really matter. Here’s how it works:

The Challenge:

  • Sign up for the Challenge here.
  • Then install the app on iPhone or Android.
  • For 30 days, buy nothing new (except things you can’t reuse like food and gas).
  • Go through your stuff, and post pictures of items you’re ready to give away.
  • If you do need something, get it reused on Yerdle instead.

The Goods:

  • Join a growing movement of unshoppers using Yerdle to simplify and save.
  • Experience the freedom of letting go of things you no longer need.
  • Feel the joy of getting awesome stuff from people like you … for free!

The Gravy:

  • Join the unshopping community on Facebook.
  • Get free shipping on one item on Yerdle.
  • Get exclusive Yerdle Reuse Dollar bonuses.
  • Earn a badge on your Yerdle profile.

So what are you waiting for? Join me in the Unshopping Challenge Today!


Take the Yerdle Unshopping Challenge

Unshopping, v.:  1. The act of letting go of things you don’t really need anymore; the opposite of hoarding. 2. The act of acquiring the things you need from someone else, without going to a store or spending any money. 3. A behavior change that shifts consumerism away from waste, and toward a more sustainable, less expensive lifestyle.

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Greg Henry

Well I guess I don’t understand. Other than food and wine and gas and medicine and facial moisturizer and razor blades and reading glasses and birthday presents for friends and haircuts and my monthly health care and house payments and insurance and media and utility bills (oh, and paint for the living room) I haven’t bought anything “new” in probably 9 months. My underwear typically lasts a year. I still wear clothes from years (and years) ago. I do need new shoes, but all the new styles seem ugly to me. My point is, consumerism is a state of mind. GREG