To prepare for no impact week, I’ve tried to limit my consumption and wastage for the past few days. Seeing that my daily life has not been altered by cautious and responsible consumption was the first good sign.
My room does not have a TV or a fridge, and my fan is unplugged. So the only appliances that will ever be in use for the following week and probably for the rest of the year are my chargers for my laptop and phone, and the room lighting.
I usually plug in my phone and laptop, to charge all night so I wake up with a 100% charge on both devices.
BUT NOT LAST NIGHT.
I charged my devices a couple of hours before sleeping and then removed them before going to sleep. I woke up with a 97% battery on my phone. This was my first realization.
I got out of bed and took a timed shower, that lasted no longer than Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven (8 minutes). (To all those people on Shorney 4th floor that don’t like Led Zepp, I feel sorry for you.)
For breakfast, I usually eat eggs and a grilled cheese and meat sandwich. I questioned my daily consumption of meat and the use of toasters and grills, for several minutes everyday and chose to eat a non-toasted vegetable sandwich along with milk and cereal. I avoided wastage of food.
After a long day of classes, I went back to my room. I put off the lights my roommate had kept on even though he was napping. I decided to take a nap as well. I skipped lunch, so I was really hungry for dinner. I ate pizza and drank chocolate milk. I’m not a smart person when it comes to eating choices, I know.
I produced no trash today as I did not consume any packaged items. Surprisingly, I didn’t eat any meat today. Neither have I headed to slayter for a fancy meal. I feel good about this day. I don’t know how long this dedication will last, but I hope it does.
Stay green, folks.