Today actually felt normal. It felt normal to take a short shower, it felt normal to not use any paper towels, it felt normal to save my food scraps, etc. It is weird to me that its the last day of NI week, yet today was the first day that it didn’t feel different. I think I will continue these things and allow them to become apart of my routine.
I’ve had a lot of time for ho-hum today, here are some of the things I’ve been thinking about:
This project has made me think a lot about cities and regions where it is easiest to live sustainably and without waste, or where you need little resources to be comfortable and fulfill needs. Places where it is neither cold enough to need heat or warm enough to need AC, where there is a variety of nutritious foods grown year round, where biking/walking/public transportation are readily available and convenient, where there is a”green” culture and people want to do what’s right for the environment.
I had to use a few paper towels today in the kitchen today. I’ve noticed that paper towels are probably my biggest source of waste. As we wrap up the next two days and beyond, I want to start exploring ways that I can cut down on my use towels. Though I am bummed that I had to use several paper towels today, it is empowering to know what I consume too much of and that there are exciting options to cut back on them.
Today hasn’t been that bad. I kept my shower under 4 minutes, I’ve been avoiding paper towels and napkins, and I’ve contributed almost no new trash to my bag. I even decided to take out one of the things I had put in there because I realized I could reuse it. Yesterday’s problem of wondering what to do with my compost is long gone, I’ve decided to freeze my food scraps and bring them to Dr.
Let me preface this post by explaining one of my biggest goals for the week: produce no more garbage throughout the week than what can fit in a one-gallon ziplock bag. Each day I’ll do an update of how full the bag is.
Mistake #1: After I washed my hands this morning, I instinctively reached for the paper towel and didn’t remember that it was NI week until my hands were sufficiently dried and the paper towel was very used… oops.