A year without buying | Lucia Gonzalez Schuett | TEDxHECParis

A year without buying | Lucia Gonzalez Schuett | TEDxHECParis

After leaving the fast fashion industry Lucia set herself a new challenge – could she spend an entire year without buying things? Sharing the ups and downs of her year, Lucia’s honest and entertaining story is an inspiration for all of us to try living our lives with just a little less junk. Lucía González Schuett was born in Barcelona but moved to a tiny rural community in southern Spain while she was still a child. Her father had made an abrupt career change to follow the family’s farming tradition. Suddenly they were harvesting cork and managing cattle on horseback. Being so close to nature helped Lucía develop the balanced and healthy lifestyle she treasures today. She began playing the flute at age nine and has been part of several bands and chamber music groups. She also plays volleyball and is an avid skier.

Lucía graduated in Foreign Languages in Madrid. After working in different areas related to communication, she radically altered her career path joining a Spanish multinational fast-fashion company in Germany. She was living a happy life, indeed, one in which her needs had always been met. Maybe that was precisely why the initial question arose: what did she really need? When is enough… enough? This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


  1. Crizz Noack on August 13, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    I’m not sure what she means by "do not buy anything except food". What about rent, fuel, work stuff, insurance, etc. … I would like to copy that game for a while.

  2. Callie on August 13, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I was trying to get rid of stuff my my mum wants me to show her everything I’m decluttering. If it’s something she thinks is essential for me to keep, she’ll say "you’re just trying to find stuff to get rid of, because this is perfectly good." But for me, I never use it and I won’t so what’s the point in keeping it?

  3. Khadija Masood on August 13, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Beautiful sense of community 💯💯😭

  4. Granite Moss on August 13, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    I really like her point about borrowing/lending. If we don’t have it, someone we know probably does and would be happy to loan it out. Helping each other out like this more often would help all of our wallets and this planet we all share immensely!

  5. Tamara on August 13, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Amazing speech. I feel so inspired

  6. Kim Malin on August 13, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Absolutely love this!!!

  7. Chamallow on August 13, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    My parents think that every single drawer should be a junk drawer and that it’s the same for everybody in every single house. Everytime I talk with them about doing something they think I want to throw all of their things away so they get mad. I don’t really know what to do at this point because everytime we try to clear up a drawer, I find the stuff in it piled up in another drawer. This means my parents need multiples of everything because they obviously struggle to find their pair of scissors or their measuring tape …

  8. Mish The Realist on August 13, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    I have like 10 junk drawers…we won’t y’all about my garage 😩

  9. Chris Brown on August 13, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Live like you’re broke until you are rich

  10. John Charles on August 13, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Lol didnt know you could do a TED talk on this, that’s how I’ve lived most of my life… I never miss shopping

  11. Turtlebuster on August 13, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    The speaker nailed it. She has learned to be resourceful with not only her money but also with her time and words. I came here for the motivation to do my own No Buy Challenge.

  12. Granite Moss on August 13, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    I’m not buying any clothing in 2021 save a few preselected items (underthings, workout shoes). I have more than enough clothes for all seasons and occasions!

  13. Victoria Pérez Rivero on August 13, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Oleeeeeee mi Lucía!

  14. bardos on August 13, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Not bad.. 🙂

  15. Всюдисвоя on August 13, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing your journey! I’m on my way too

  16. American InParis on August 13, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    sorry but she is NOT giving FULL info. To fix shoes in EU, it waill cost 25-40 euros – which can be replacement cost. ALSO many people do NOT lend tools in France – because, they feel, u need to buy & destroy your own. had to stop at 4.00 min, could not take the bs anymore..

  17. Kathirvel Manickam on August 13, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Nice one. Congrats

  18. msjones2831 on August 13, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    I’m doing a no spend January and I’m very interested in doing an entire year…it just scares me a little

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