I’m feeling totally unprepared on Day 1. I usually spend the Sunday before No Impact Week making sure everything is prepared for me for the week- to avoid any blunders. No need for laundry, towels are available, the house is fairly clean, etc. But not this time. We had plans for the holiday and I spent all of Saturday getting a new phone (more on this later).
I often find myself both sad and excited to end NI Week. I think the reasons for excitement are obvious. When you think about it though, what we are probably really excited about is not having to think about our actions- and perhaps this is what is also sad.
We look so forward to going back to our regular habits and routines without having to really scrutinize our time in the shower and our choice at Slayter and our decision to drive, etc.
I’ve been saying I’ll write about food…and here it is. It is one thing to eat local, but it is quite another thing to eat local without eating meat and without creating waste. If I were to truly eat locally, then I do feel like it would be bordering asceticism because I would then have to forgo salt and other spices.
Today was interesting for me. I wavered a bunch on pushing myself to do more and being okay with the steps I was making. I did a lot of reflection on the things I’ve done during my years doing this project. I think I finally have found my groove. It is not so much work that I’m miserable (that was yesterday) nor do I feel like I’m giving up all of my goals.
Yesterday turned out to be a nice start to NI week. We threw together almost an entirely local meal that we pretty tasty. However it did include meat- which really might put me in a bind with my meat consumption goals- but I’ll return to this later.
What I’m most concerned about today is the fact that I gave up a Reese’s peanut butter egg last night to avoid trash.
“Today didn’t seem especially challenging but it has definitely been surprising to account for all the waste I usually make. I thought I knew the extent of my environmental impact but today I came up against my own actions more than I anticipated. I realized how automatic it is for me to take a napkin or paper towel without any forethought and immediately discard it.
“I am ashamed, I am a hypocrite, I am the problem. When I woke up this morning and order two breakfast sandwiches from slayer and bought two containers of orange juice I was really enjoying my day. It wasn’t until my friend came up to me and said “Blake, what happened with No Impact Week” when I then looked at my sandwich and may or may not have sworn.
As you know this did not start off the way I planned. I already spent an hour on the phone this morning, during which I made my first waste mistake. Without even thinking about it, I automatically grabbed a square of toilet paper to blow my nose while I was on the phone with the IRS.