This past week has been very eye opening in showing me how I really don’t need to use as much as I do. It was also a lot of fun doing it with friends, making sure we “shared flushes,” or reminded each other to take the stairs, or asking, “can this be recycled?” or, “can this be composted?” I think being able to do it with a group of people we know pretty well made it more worthwhile and fun. This week also showed that I can always continue to improve my routine for creating less of an impact on the world, and there is no stopping point.
There were definitely both positives and negatives of No Impact Week. Some positives, for example, were things that I changed in my routine that I found I really liked, and have decided to keep as part of my daily routine. Some things I changed were taking shorter showers, unplugging things that do not need to be plugged in at the moment, stop going to Slayter for the week (to take advantage of my 14 meals a week), only walking or biking to my destinations, and limiting my amount of packaged goods to lower my consumption of waste. These were all good changes for the week that changed my routine for the better.
Again, there were some negatives to mainly the structure of No Impact Week. I think No Impact Week would have been more effective for me, personally, if I had one or two goals from each category to work on the entire week rather than adding them on day by day. During the week, I felt that I mainly focused on one day’s goals rather than focusing on all that accumulated throughout the week. Adding on goals definitely worked in No Impact Man, but that was over the course of the year and the family had a lot of time to adjust to whatever new and upcoming goals they had. We, on the other hand, had one day at a time.
Some things have also been super easy as well as super difficult. Some habits were easier to change than others. I especially had to continuously catch myself with waste. It helped not going to Slayter, but there are snacks in my room and in the rooms of generous friends who ask if I’d like a bit of edible goods. Food was also another hard topic. Because of my meal plan and not wanting to spend money elsewhere, I have no clue where anything (milk being the one exception) comes from. Nothing is labeled “local” or “all natural” (which we hardly know what that even means) or “organic.” It was a difficult topic to set and maintain goals for myself. Other than waste and food, most areas were pretty easy to accustom myself to new habits. Like taking shorter showers, recycling more, composting as much as I can, using less products in general, and walking or biking to my destinations (I don’t really use a car anyways).
Because of No Impact Week, I learned a lot about the little things I can do that help in small ways to create less of an impact and in turn, less of an impact upon me. It was a great week overall, and I hope to continue many of the changed habits. IT’S BEEN NEAT!