Sure, there are some items that we need to buy new (food is an obvious example), but next time you find yourself needing to buy something, consider whether you can buy the item used.  As college students, we’re usually tight for cash.  Thus, a trip to the thrift store (like Goodwill on Hwy 99) can be a thrilling experience.

As we move out of the dorms and start cooking in our own kitchens, we have to start accumulating things like pots and pans and other kitchen utensils.  Goodwill has an abundant supply of dirt-cheap kitchenware.  Buy stocking up here, you’ll save a ton of money.  Garage sales are a great source for this as well.

So how is buying used also being green?  Buying used can be thought of as recycling.  Used products already exist, so no more energy or natural resources have to be used to produce something brand new.  In addition, you’re saving this used item from ending up in the landfill.  When you’re done with it, donate or sell it to somebody else.

Kitchenware is just one of many types of products you can buy used.  Consider these as well:

  • Furniture
  • Books
  • CDs, DVDs, and video games
  • Clothing
  • Bikes and cars

More ideas can be found here and here.

Where to look: