Reducing my personal amount of waste in my opinion has been the easiest out of all the resources. For the most part I am able to get by on the items that I already own, or that Denison provides for me. Most of the trash that I produce comes from food packaging that I buy either in the dorm, slayter, or out at a restaurant. This week by simply eating at the dining halls and refilling water bottles at fountains, I have been able to my food waste to zero. The concept and action of simply not buying anything is the best way to cut waste because much of what I buy I do not actually need, just want. Not only does the reduced purchasing help lessen my impact on the environment because I’m not adding to landfills, but it saves me money.
Three days into zero impact week and energy continues to be the hardest area to reduce. I have always turned my lights off when not in my room, and I have started to use only my desk lamp at night to try and cut the number of lights turned on. I have unplugged multiple larger electronics like the tv and xbox since even though not powered on, still require a trickle of electricity. Laptop and cell phone usage has been my biggest area of fault because those two items I need to use. Perhaps not the cell phone but the laptop has been a necessity this week for school. Also I began brushing my teeth out of the shower because I thought turning off the sink while brushing used less water than the shower as brushing then jus my extended shower time.