Among the many daunting challenges facing Shira Rosenthal as she enters freshman year at the University of Maryland is this conundrum: Which trash can to buy?
There is one from Pottery Barn spinoff PBteen that costs $29 and is painted in pastel colors and emblazoned with catchy eco-slogans like "Think Green." Then there is the plain white wastebasket from Target for just $4 -- less than the cost of a gallon of gas. Rosenthal went with the latter.
"I went with less expensive products that might not be as 'attractive,' if you know what I mean, but that work perfectly fine," the 18-year-old from Brookeville said. "I felt that things like this weren't worth spending so much money on."