Unusually flush, I suggested to Zippy that we invest in a new refrigerator. Our fridge is probably 20 years old, and a bit worse for wear - veggie bins busted, gasket worn, a little louder. Although we looked at some new models over at Home Depot, Zippy thought a used model would do fine. (And cost perhaps 1/2 the price of a new model)
So a net gain for the environment (no doubt a more efficient model, and reusing an appliance rather than purchasing a new one) and a mixed blessing for the economy. We're moving some money around but not sending it as far as the manufacturer. We did buy a new dehumidifier recently, so we're doing our part to get the economy moving.
The new box is a little larger, with nice glass shelves (the old one had wire racks), in very good condition. And I took advantage of the upgrade to swap the door around (an interesting and not so difficult project, although the star drivers might have stymied someone with fewere tools). The old one opened away from the counters, sink, and cabinets, so maybe a little more ergonomic as well.
A completely mundane blog post, I know. But it's the little things.