The final day of NI week was probably my best day. I think I started to get into a routine of bringing a reusable mug everywhere along with remembering to avoid using more than one napkin at a meal. I’ve found this to be true with other things in life that things get easier once you get into a manageable routine rather than trying to change everything at once.
This week has been eye opening. I don’t think I ever would have realized what an impact all of my decisions have, if we hadn’t done this project.
In my daily life, I can definitely continue to generate less trash, and that is something I look forward to working on.
It would be interesting to do a no impact week back in my home life, where I have even more decisions and control.
Today was a good day, a Friday for learning and giving. Today after class I had a great meeting with the person in charge of Bon Appetite’s sustainability, Piper Fernway. She talked to Julia, Rachel, and I about the Denison dining halls goals and plans. She also answered a lot of our questions and was very involved in helping us.
Today my roommates friend came and I told him all about this project and I inspired him to put his fruit in our community compost. I felt like I did better with conserving energy, however I used another K-cup to make coffee this morning. Although this was not intentional, I conserved water during my shower because the showers in Shorney were not working well.
I was surprised by how normal everything felt today. Despite my one napkin from the dining hall, because of a squished piece of pineapple on my chair, this was my most successful no impact day. When I walked into my room after my classes I didn’t even look at or think about my light switch. I didn’t eat anything from wrappers today and also had no red meat.
I can’t believe its been a week!! It was definitely harder then I thought to have less of an impact on the environment. Today I actually had a record with water usage where I took a two minute shower, which was really hard. Sadly, I did use a lot more trash today because I got food from slayter.
Today I was pretty productive. I managed to use the same tissue all day for my runny nose, and I refrained from a shower…. kinda gross. Though, I knew if I were to take one, it would be 10 minutes. I kept my lights off all day, and I plan to until tomorrow. I did not snack today, and I had a banana for breakfast and then I threw it in the woods.
Today went smoothly. It was a happy realization this morning that I can take a hot shower tomorrow. I think I’ll continue taking cold showers during the week and hot showers on the weekends. That way, the hot showers will be so much better.
I’ll continue to leave my mini fridge unplugged, there is just no need for it.
After limiting an impact for the last week, today felt entirely normal. I met just about all my goals and am pretty pleased with the week. I made it the entire day without generating any trash, kept the lights off, and electronics were unplugged. I did end up driving way more than I would have liked though.
So today was fine I met all my goals and was relieved that tomorrow I do not have to sit in the dark in my room anymore whenever the sun sets. But as the day went on I began to question my joy. Was I really just going to revert back to my old ways? No, the goals I set for myself were reasonable and achievable for a reason.