As Day 3 of No Impact week begins to wind down, I find myself extremely grateful for the “ho-humminess” of today. Once again, a beautiful day has allowed me to spend hours outside enjoying the weather and consequently, lots of time socializing with friends doing real-life activities rather than staring at screens all day. When you put the phones away, you learn to appreciate the pace of real life.
While I am usually really excited to receive a package from home, this little surprise has been made bittersweet thanks to No Impact week. I collected a package from the mailroom and was disappointed to see the entire box wrapped in unnecessary layers of plastic and a box full of packaged foods. Of course I am appreciative of my mom’s thoughtfulness, but No Impact week has made me wonder if sending snacks from home is really a good idea. In addition to the the distance the food had to travel to get to the grocery store where my mom bought it, the snacks traveled several states over just to create more waste in Ohio. In the future I might consider asking my mom to transfer money to my debit card and tell me to buy myself some snacks. I didn’t expect to feel so conflicted when receiving a surprise from home!