Scott Interviews Rachel Kesel of “The Compact”

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.

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

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

  2. 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. 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.