Okay- it's been almost a month since I started this experiment. For now, these are my exceptions to the rule "buy nothing new":
1. underwear, bras, and socks
2. hygiene products- deodorant, toothpaste, etc.- plus lotions and prescription drugs
3. expendables- light bulbs, car tires, replacements for air purifier, etc.
5. athletic shoes
6. food, of course
I reserve the right to add to this list throughout the year, while doing my best to stick to the philosophy of borrowing, bartering, or buying used.
On March 23rd, I added:
7. flip flops
8. reading glasses
9. bathing suits
Although it's been pointed out to me that charities and services are part of The Compact, because the group was originally formed to go beyond recycling, and so charities and services have always been exempt.