My final day of No-impact week was by far my most interesting and unexpected day. So this morning I woke up very late, around noontime, because I forgot to set my alarm clock after a long night of working on my fraternity philanthropy fund raising event and then studying for a couple of my class until early this morning (Sorry Dr. Aguilar for missing class!). Needless to say I didn’t not eat breakfast, but for lunch I got a veggie quesadilla at Slayter, I was glad that I was still able to continue eating like a herbivore but once again I caught myself in the trap of having to toss out the trash from the food packaging. Honestly, the food packaging from Slayter was my biggest No-Impact demon of the week. Because of my busy schedule with classes, football, and fraternity commitments, I am constantly finding myself in Slayter grabbing a quick bite to eat. This afternoon after studying for economics in Higley Hall and participating in the Sigma Chi’s Derby Days final philanthropy event my week quest of being a No-Impact vegetarian finally came to an end. My girlfriend offered to cook me dinner, happily surprised by this I immediately said yes and headed over to the Sunset apartments to indulge myself with some home cooked food! She made some outstanding lemon-pepper chicken breast, cooked asparagus and sliced cheesy potatoes, it was the best meal I have had all semester! Talking with my girlfriend she told me that she bought all natural, free-range chicken breast for our dish. Pumped about this news I gave her a high five and hug and thanked her for the meal. So I guess switching back to meat with this dinner was defiantly the best way to end my vegetarian diet.
It has been one roller coaster ride of a No-Impact week! Originally, I thought that becoming a vegetarian would be the hardest part of my week but actually my trash production ended up being my biggest weakness (I strongly blame Slayter). I was very proud of the fact that I was able to minimize my water usage and just about cut back on almost all energy usage (but not quite because of my computer and cellphone). Overall, I have learned many lesson during this week and they have forever changed my outlook and daily routine with food, trash, water and energy.
No-Impact is the cool THING for this SPRING!!