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Economist shuns money for a year

Mark Boyle
Mr Boyle plans to begin his experiment on Buy Nothing Day

A Bristol man is set to begin a year-long social experiment by living without money.

Economic graduate Mark Boyle, 29, plans to live off the land and waste products of society, while building mutually- beneficial relationships with people.

Mr Boyle said he believed it was "the disconnection we have with what we consume that is the primary cause of the wasteful culture we live in today.

"If we all had to grow our own food we wouldn't waste one third of it."

He added: "I've been preparing a lot over the last couple of months, but the challenge will be the things I can't plan for - a broken arm, exhaustion or the worst case scenario, a family bereavement."

Mr Boyle plans to begin his experiment, in which he will live in a borrowed caravan near Timsbury, on 29 November - Buy Nothing Day.

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