International Women’s Day

Eilleen

Eilleen
Eilleen

Eilleen is a Canberra woman who lived a typical upper middle class suburban life with her husband and two children. In 2007, she realised that she was addicted to her consumer lifestyle. So she committed herself to buying nothing brand new for an entire year.

On her journey, she learned to make and mend things she had previously bought. She made new friends when she learned to ask for help or in the process of learning new skills. She became a more confident person. She discovered that her previous consumer lifestyle had led to her devaluing her own beliefs by participating in practices that perpetuate poverty, slavery, and exploitation. (paraphrased from Consumption Rebellion)

I am inspired by her story because it shows the difference that one human being really can make, and the impact of individual purchasing choices on global human rights and the environment.

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Story contributed by Emma Davidson.