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Scott Interviews Rachel Kesel of “The Compact”

By JLP | January 30, 2007

Scott over at MoneyBloggerPodcast has posted his interview with Rachel Kesel, founder of The Compact. What’s “The Compact” you ask? Well, according to their website:

We are a group of individuals committed to a 12-month flight from the consumer grid (calendar year 2007).

The Compact has several aims (more or less prioritized below):

  • To go beyond recycling in trying to counteract the negative global environmental and socioeconomic impacts of disposable consumer culture and to support local businesses, farms, etc. — a step that, we hope, inherits the revolutionary impulse of the Mayflower Compact.
  • To reduce clutter and waste in our homes (as in trash Compact-er).
  • To simplify our lives (as in Calm-pact)

We’ve agreed to follow two principles (see exceptions etc. on our blog).

#1 Don’t buy new products of any kind (from stores, web sites, etc.)
#2 Borrow, barter, or buy used.

I’m not knocking it, but I don’t think this is a group I could ever be a part of. But, to each his/her own. I understand about over-commercialization and I think we do need to take a step back and relax. However, I don’t see how “not buying new products” accomplishes this. Also, borrowing and bartering would not simplify my life.

Topics: Podcasting | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Scott Interviews Rachel Kesel of “The Compact””

  1. Bobby Says:
    January 31st, 2007 at 6:53 am

    Yuck…I just started thinking about “used” food. LOL

  2. eR0CK Says:
    January 31st, 2007 at 8:05 am

    I buy used whenever I can. I’m in the tech business so buying used quite often results in a 50% savings :-)

    As for used food, no thanks, but I would be willing to “barter” for some deer meet, any takers?


  3. sam Says:
    January 31st, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    That is what’s so great about America, everyone is free to start their own religion with their own rules. Sounds like some “frugal/simple life” combined with “evil corporate capitalism” and “back to nature” with a pinch of “Enviro/off-the-grid/60’s commune” tossed in. But then maybe I’m reading it wrong.