Here we are, DAY THREE!! And to be honest, I still am not having a ton of difficulty with this No Impact week thing. Here’s why:
1) I go to the dining hall every day for basically every meal, and I can try to pick items that are vegetarian/more sustainable from the options
2) I’m rarely in my room during the day, so I use almost no electricity of my own (The only time I use electronics (phone charger and computer) is in the library where there is a power grid)
3) using less water is something I can get used to pretty easily
4) I don’t really need to buy anything this week, so as long as I stay away from gum and individually packaged mints
As easy as this has been for me this week it definitely would NOT be this easy if I were at home…Actually I’m pretty sure I’d have a very hard time with it and pretty much fail in many aspects. Maybe not in the water use, but at home where there is netflix and an entire house to use heating and other electrical appliances, and where I’d actually have to put forth the effort to go shopping for sustainable food, I’d have a lot more trouble. Here at school I don’t have a lot of time to waste resources on my own, but at home I know I definitely use a good amount.
Anyways, today went well, I kept forgetting my hand towel to dry my hands off, so I’ve just decided to run with it and stand around in the bathroom waving my arms around to dry off my hands. Do I look stupid? Absolutely. Is it for a good cause and therefore worth it? For sure.
I again was able to cut my shower down to 4 minutes and only used the computers in the labs as well as charged my phone in the library. However, there is still a step in my daily schedule that is confounding me as to how to cut down on water use: washing my face. You’d think this shouldn’t be that hard, but those who wash their faces on a daily basis should know that rinsing scrub or face wash off ones face without getting product or water into hair, while also not awkwardly leaving streaks of scrub on one’s face, is very difficult. I have yet to come up with a good solution that will keep me from leaving the water on while I try to rinse my face off.
A big part of no impact week that I’ve been thinking about a lot is eating sustainably, especially after our lab going over to granville market today. I was super excited to take on the task of coming up with a sustainable meal because I’m a huge foodie and I like challenging myself with limited ingredients. What I discovered about shopping for food for this task was that it was a lot harder than I thought. I learned that basically no fruit is in season right now, nor vegetables, so making a vegetarian main dish was somewhat tricky if you wanted more than pasta and bread to make up the bulk of it. It made me wonder if larger grocery stores have a greater selection of local food, or if it’s just not super accessable in grocery stores. Another huge problem we had was that there was really very little likelihood of finding foods, especially veggies and fruits, that weren’t packaged in plastic containers. I’d hoped that there would be more produce that people would normally put in plastic baggies with twist ties, and then we could just use cloth or mesh bags, but this did not seem like an option at the Granville market.
Day 4 starts tomorrow, and hopefully it’ll bring some interesting challenges!