Is there always a more sustainable option? Today I’ve been questioning this, as I find myself troubled with a typically bad-timed cold. Here’s my dilemma: if I use tissues, I’m creating waste, but if I use my handkerchief, I’m washing it every 10 minutes! How can you justify giving up one thing if it means using another resource in its place? The water vs. waste debate was just one of the many things that plagued my mind today…
After our discussion in class, I found myself wondering if all of this was worth it. Am I actually making an impact by shaving 4 minutes off of my shower time? Will I save the world by using one napkin instead of six? I think I’ve caught a case of the mid-week blues. Five days sure doesn’t seem like a lot, but living a new lifestyle for a week is no walk in the park. I’m losing sight of my goals, questioning my motives, and feeling ready to give up. It doesn’t help that when I slip up, my friends are the first to point out my flaws. If I had a nickel for every time one of them said “Well there goes No Impact week…”
Reading my classmates’ blog posts actually really helps motivate me and keep me going. It’s always nice to know that people are working towards the same goals and, unfortunately, dealing with similar struggles. I hope everyone else’s day was a bit more positive than mine, and let me know if you have any advice!