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Welcome back Green14 champions! 

Did you know that there’s an international Buy Nothing Day on November 27th? It serves as a peaceful protest against consumerism and also a reminder that most of us purchase way more than we’ll ever need. But you don’t need to wait until November to start shifting to that mentality. Take it in spurts. Now on day 12 of the Green14 you’ve hopefully refrained from purchasing anything new or unnecessary since the start of the challenge, and you can do this many times throughout the year as a reminder of how we can get by on much less to make a big environmental impact. 

This means no new clothes, furniture, slews of beauty products or other recreational items. Frequent online shopping also means that you’re ordering items that come in single-use plastic packaging and that requires a lot of transportation and resource use.

In the future, if you do buy things online, I encourage you to do your best to order multiple items together so you are strategically timing it for a single trip to deliver all of your goods. 

You can also avoid the need to buy new things by arranging clothing swaps, barter trade opportunities, donation drives and more. 

During this time it is important to take stock of how many items you do own and ask yourself why you need to buy more of items you already own that are in perfectly decent shape.

For thrift shopping, try this handy resource that helps you search nationwide for thrift shops near you.