Ok, first things first: I buy plenty of things. New things, even. And I’m not shaming anyone who does the same. But it can be too easy to believe that you can buy your way to happiness, and though it can sometimes work on a small scale, it’s pretty unsustainable for individuals and the planet in the long term. While browsing Instagram recently, I came across the “buyerarchy of needs” by artist Sarah Lazarovic, and I loved the sentiment behind it, that buying new shouldn’t be your first and only way of acquiring the stuff you need.
On today’s consumer culture holiday that kicks off the season of consumerism, it’s a good reminder that you don’t have to “shop ’til you drop” (and you probably shouldn’t). The artist states that “you’re free to share, print, tattoo it on your person,” so I decided to do a few of those.
What better place to put it than above my computer, where I might be tempted to make impulse buys online? (An iron-on tote bag version would be a really good reminder, too.)
I enlarged the original to print it to fit on an 8 1/2″ by 11″ piece of nice, thick paper, then trimmed the paper to fit into an 8″ by 10″ frame I already had.
Click the image below for the re-sized version I printed:
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