Today was harder than the first day.. food wise. I noticed that today in the dining hall that they had very minimum vegetarian options (no surprise). Other days I get by but today it was difficult. Almost all the lines consisted of meat, so I went to the salad bar and got turned off by how not fresh the romaine lettuce and other toppings looked. So most of today I was famished. Good news is that I used a total of 4 napkins! Perhaps this is because of the lack of food I consumed due to the poor selections. I noticed that because I consumed less food I was extra lethargic. I took 2 naps when I had 6 hrs of sleep. It definitely is difficult to choose raw foods especially as a college student when food options are so limited when we need the extra energy to study/function well in class.
Besides food, I keep using paper towels to dry my hands in the academic buildings. I use the WC in between classes so I am on the rush to class. The quickest way to dry my hands of course are paper towels, which I take for granted so that my notes are not soaked in h20. However, when I am back in the dorm I never use the dryer since it’s weak and takes a longer for my hands to dry, so I use my towel. So the thought carrying a small hand towel came to my mind. It will be sustainable and also quicker; however, the downside is that the towel will it take up additional space in my backpack and will sometimes be a hassle to take out.
I’ve noticed that I struggle not being wasteful on campus due to the fact that I live by what is efficient/quick. It’s difficult to be both efficient and sustainable since it seems like what is efficient either harms the environment in some way or contributes unnecessary waste. I try hard to subconsciously think about better ways to do what I am doing or if it is necessary. As a student it’s difficult since I am always seeking for what is the quickest since time is precious.
Update on my shower progress: 9 mins..I beat my goal of 10 mins. I’m trying to cut down by a min each day. I showered in lukewarm water, which is maybe why I spent less time in the shower…Maybe I will slowly transition to cold h20 and see how much time I save..