The second day of no impact week was a bit more difficult. I woke late up and was in a hurry, so I was unable to shower, therefore conserving water, however I am planning on showering tonight so hopefully I can shorten my shower time to 5 minutes, which was my goal for the week. I wanted to carpool as much as possible this week, however every Tuesday I participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters at Wilson Middle School in Newark and there are no other Denison students to commute with so I was forced to drive alone. Luckily, Wilson Middle School is only about 15 miles round trip from Denison’s campus, so my fossil fuel consumption was minimal. I figured that my fossil fuel usage was justifiable since I was giving back to the local community.
As for food waste, I ate breakfast in Curtis, which unlike Slayter, allows for no plastic or paper food waste, only food waste, so I tried to only take as much as I needed. Just my luck, my cranberry juice spilled at breakfast and I had to use a ton of napkins since I hadn’t planned for this-oops! Luckily the napkins in Curtis are compostable! Also, I had to restrain myself from grabbing a plastic wrapped breath mint on my way out. For dinner I caved and grabbed Meal X in Slayter, which I was initially trying to avoid this week because eating there tends to result in a lot of paper and plastic waste. I tried to keep my waste to a minimal by getting a salad, which comes in a recyclable container, fresh fruit that has no packaging and I decided not to take a paper cup. My only waste turned out to be my plastic fork so I feel less guilty about eating in Slayter and know that I can eat there in the future without creating excessive waste.
Just a few minutes ago, my friend gave me his juice cup he had grabbed from Slayter at breakfast. I drank it, thinking the container could be recycled-wrong. It is frustrating that Denison only accepts recyclables 1 & 2 because this was a 6 and therefore was unable to be recycled. Lab today made me more aware and conscious of where my food comes from so I checked to see if the juice was local or had local ingredients-wrong again. The label read: “concentrate from USA and/or New Zealand, Argentina, Chile and China.” That is a lot of fossil fuels to transport that tiny juice carton. Now I feel a little guilty….