As this week comes to a close, I am pleased with how surprisingly easy the week went. Maybe I didn’t challenge myself enough, or maybe being sustainable is just a lot easier than I expected. Before this project, I thought that not eating meat for a week would be hard — instead it was quite enjoyable, and while I will probably have less strict rules in the future, I don’t see why most of my meals couldn’t be vegetarian.
Unfortunately, today was probably the worst of my No Impact Week — but I also expected it to be. I had to drive to Newark to get a vaccine for my study abroad trip at 8:00am, and then drive to the farm I go to for my Sustainable Agriculture class at 1:15. These were unavoidable, but it still felt awful driving and using fossil fuels when I know how much it impacts, in addition to it just being totally counter to this week.
Once again, my post today is mainly about food! Since I am usually up really late, especially when I have work at the library starting at midnight, I get really hungry and want to snack. So yesterday I bought some local yogurt and local honey; today I decided to bring a container to Curtis to swipe some of the local granola that is so tasty to add to my yogurt concoction.
Waking up late (as usual), I decided to skip the shower for the day and just put my hair back, so a win for water usage today. I went to class and then went to Curtis for lunch; with my more relaxed goals to just incorporate local foods into my diet instead of eating mostly local food, I had much more success today.
Day 1 of No Impact Week went okay — not perfect, but definitely not as hard as I thought it would be. I unplugged everything but the fridge before I left for class, didn’t turn on any lights, and managed to take a 4 minute shower (which is a small miracle). I had three food goals for No Impact Week: eat vegetarian every day, avoid processed food, and try to eat food locally grown in the Midwest.