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One of the main reasons I love Missoula so much is its wealth of outdoor rec opportunities.  But, I'm often surprised at how consumptive many of these can be.  Especially the transportation aspect.
I thought I'd throw out some suggestions to reduce the impact...and solicit some from you all.

But natural fibers if you can.  Wool thermal underwear is gaining more and more popularity as new techniques make it softer and not as itchy.  REI, Patagonia, LL Bean, Ice Breaker, smart wool, and many others now sell them.  The alternative has typically been polyester.

Speaking of polyester, Patagonia recycles old polyester long underwear.  Check out their website for info.

There's two second hand sports shops in town - Play it Again sports out by the Albertsons on Reserve and another one, The Sports Exchange, just off the Hip Strip near Shakespeare and Company on 3rd.  Like regular clothes, used is better...less resources and it's already there. 

My wife and I love canoeing, and Missoula has great water nearby, but we hate taking two cars to shuttle.  So I've spent a lot of time with a map and figured out some great bike shuttle options.  Most of the Bitterroot can be shuttled by bike - on a paved bike trail no less.  The Clark Fork through town (from east missoula  all the way to Kona or Harper's Bridge can be bike shuttled too.  And most of the Blackfoot, especially the segments along the dirt road from Johnsrud to River Bend. 

Other thoughts??? 

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Garage sales, craigslist and goodwill are the way to go.  My home is 95% furnished by them. 
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The World's Largest Garage Sale is this weekend too!

The World's Largest Garage Sale at The University of Montana on Saturday, Sept. 18, is a perfect opportunity to sell unwanted items or to purchase those fun-to-find bargains.
            The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., rain or shine, in UM's covered parking garage on Campus Drive near the Mansfield Library.

            For $20, vendors are assigned two parking spaces, each 9 feet by 18 feet. Additional spaces may be purchased for $10 each.

            Registration forms are available at The Source in the University Center or online at http://life.umt.edu/umadv.

            The semiannual event, which draws nearly 100 sellers and thousands of shoppers, is a fundraiser for UM Advocates, a campus service organization.
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