Well, to be perfectly honest, I kept forgetting that today was the first day of No Impact Week. So, I began my No Impact Week with a luxurious twenty minute shower.
Then I proceeded to eat a yogurt, producing an empty yogurt cup, a napkin I hardly even used, and a plastic spoon to add to my pile of garbage for the day. Throughout the rest of the day, I continued to accidentally eat packaged foods, so by the end of the day, I produced a lot of garbage. I don’t think I ever thought about how much I was wasting before. (Although, I think that was partly because I didn’t consider the packaging as actual waste before, since it isn’t really useful for much of anything at all!)
I also went grocery shopping today with my roommate Katherine. When we were making our purchases at the store it occurred to us that we should use reusable bags, but when we asked the clerk about them, he said they didn’t sell them anymore. So I walked out of the grocery store with the knowledge of how epically I, too, was failing at this project. And then I went to Slayter and got dinner, their paper to-go-boxesfurther adding to my trash for the day.
I also wasted a lot of energy– especially because of the use of my mini-fridge. I spent a lot of my day in lit rooms and I had my computer plugged in all afternoon while I watched movies on it! With all of that energy combined with the energy used to make my food, I ended up consuming a lot.
I can tell this is going to be a serious challenge for me.