While trying to reduce my environmental impact this week, it was incredibly difficult to go to my job and watch my efforts be squashed. For every way I have tried to reduce my impact, The Elm’s Pizza has created a greater amount of environmental damage. Since this is my place of employment, I do not intend to give The Elm’s a bad name and curtail its business.
Initially, I thought that decreasing my environmental impact would be fairly easy…I was wrong. I felt the hard impact that no impact week can have on a person. I will be honest, I am not a pleasant morning person. My daily routine involves a shower and a hot coffee or tea to lighten the stress. I have completely cut out the morning beverage in order to reduce the amount of waste I produce and energy that I consume.
Today I had a serious struggle against our good friend, plastic. One of my main goals was to cut down on the amount of prepackaged items that I bought or consumed. This is surprisingly an incredibly difficult task. Wether it was the snacks that I so desperately wanted to munch on to the plastic wrap of a new video game I purchased, I found myself being constantly reminded of how much plastic is used and wasted in our every day lives.