It’s definitely getting better. Today I decided to take a shorter shower – within two repeats of Wonderwall. I thought the plan worked better today as the weather was warmer and there was less need for hot water.
For the rest of the day, I focused on creating less trash and eating less meat. I usually eat lunch at Slayter on Tuesdays because I only have an hour break between my work and class. In order to avoid plastic bowls in Slayter, I walked all the way back to Huffman and had vegetarian stir fry for lunch. (yay, no more accident!) After lunch, I brought two apples back to my room in case I am hungry at night and cannot help but eat goldfish and energy bars. I realized I was not sure where the apples came from – I will pay more attention tomorrow. If fruit is not local, I am debating whether eating energy bar consumes less resources. However, since I ate less snacks between lunch and dinner, I wanted meat today more than usual. But I do not necessarily need to consume meat, because I can get proteins from foods such as tofu and soy milk. In the end I had a slice of pepperoni pizza and a plate of vegetarian stir fry for dinner. I did some math: less packing trash+ a little meat consumption= balanced resource consumption.
Having read posts from my peers, I was particularly inspired by a post which mentioned the amount of energy waste occurring when using the handy cap button at the doors of academic buildings. I decided to take this on myself. When I went to the library to work, instead of using the handy cap button, which I almost did, I opened the door manually.