After the exhaustion of my first day, this has been a pretty decent NI Week. And by decent, I mean low impact. I really think hiding the paper towels in my house was one of the best things I could have done. I have yet to use a single paper towel or kleenex. However, I am going to have to clean some towels and handkerchiefs by the weekend! I am actually proud of the minimal amount of waste I have produced this week. I think this is something I definitely want to keep up once the project is over.
I also like looking for products with little packaging, and I think the more we demand/ask nicely for these items, the more people will make them available. For instance Kevin at the Soup Loft helped to provide me with a waste free lunch. I was able to get soup in a reusable container and he folded my bread in the cloth napkin I brought from home. I think it’s also great that a woman at Slayter allowed Jen to take her pizza in her own container. We wrote a thank you letter to Slayer for this…hopefully, they can keep helping us out.
Which leads me to start a discussion that will definitely happen on Friday. “Why are we doing this???” In fact, I had one naysayer tell me that this was a dumb project. My feelings were hurt, but I’m sure many others would agree. Are we making much of a difference by doing this (and really it’s an attempt at low impact, not No impact) for a week? What difference will one student make by asking for pizza in her own container or will another student make by skipping on the mint at Curtis??? In my own house, I am going without light in the evening just to see the bathroom light left on in the morning….ugh! But it’s the third time I’ve done this with a class and the fourth time I’ve done this on my own. Obviously, I have an opinion about the purpose and value of this project…but I won’t give it to you yet.
Enjoy this beautiful, sunny, NI day…and keep the lights off!