Join REI in making the fight for a life outdoors part of your life with the Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Week 38: Rent or borrow one item you were going to buy this week.

Instead of buying a new pair of hiking boots or that backpacking tent you’ve been eyeing for months, first consider renting or borrowing the item from a friend or a local retailer. Borrowing can help build community; just ask Buy Nothing group lovers, who often furnish entire houses and gear closets with the stuff their neighbors don’t need anymore. REI also offers gear rental services at most stores, which can be a great way to try a piece of gear before you buy it. Then, if you do fall in love with the item, ask yourself: Do I need a brand-new version, or will a lightly used version suffice?

Take part: Aug. 16–22, 2020

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.