I have started to think about ways to counter balance the economic stressors that make me feel like I have to buy more to go green. My ideas are all for me, so don't think I am pushing anything, but they make me feel better about my involvment in it all and I was wondering your thoughts. Here are my 'goals' for from now on (I usually do most of these already... but I digress) #1. Buy only what I need (as much as I can, I will not feel bad for my occasional Latte... esp when I bring my own cup ) . #2. When I don't really need it, or have one that works, but is ugly (lots of purchases as because of this in my house) I will look used and wait at least a week before buying new. #3. As much as I possibly can, keep out of big box stores. #4. Use the library and Netflix for entertainment instead of buying movies and books, even when we love the movie (we have been buying more movies lately and getting new movies as gifts a lot!) #5. Buy local produce. There are TONS of resources in my area that I have tapped into by working at a local farmers market. I am really loving the connections I had with the farmers this summer/fall/early winter, and plan on picking that back up as soon as the season starts again. That is about it for me. My main goal is to reduce my consumption of new goods. They stress resources that our planet doesn't have to give.... and stretch my pocket book in ways that I don't need. If I have to buy stuff... try used first. If I can't get used, get local. If I can't get local or used, think about if I really need it for a week... and then, if I still think I do, get it where I can. I can talk myself out of anything usually. What are your green goals for the new year?