I always look forward to MaryJane Butters column in the Sunday newspaper. Today's topic was "Going Green" by shopping less and buying used. Buying used items is a great way to shrink your carbon footprint. MaryJane points out that every brand new product we buy comes with a hidden rap sheet of natural resource extraction, fuel usage, chemical conjuring and pollution effects. When we make it a priority to buy secondhand items we are not supporting the manufacture and long-distance transportation of so much unnecessary stuff. Check out the 20 minute video, "The Story of Stuff". It's a real eye-opener. We need to be aware of how the simple act of shopping effects our environment. On a lighter note, buying secondhand is just plain fun!