Day 5 was my final day. In the end I was very successful in my no impact. I had some hiccups here and there but nothing I couldn’t correct. I believe the importance of this week was to really reflect on our carelessness towards how we treat our environment. We must be conscious about recycling and informing others to do the same and live as no impact as possible.
I am starting my blog today as a long, cumulative thought process that I have been trying to develop throughout the week. Sorry if the ideas don’t flow together well, some things struck me in the moment so I wrote about them.
Throughout this week, I have spent a lot of time thinking about consumption and the way we utilize our surroundings.
With the week coming to a close. Ill take this time to reflect on my experience. I thought I did a good job with my goals for each category. being a college student it is hard to manage food. This is because we are reliant for the dining hall for food. But once you eventually get sick of it its not like you have an a ton of option to get none processed food.
Day 5 of No Impact Week… as I reflect back on my day, I feel like I had a pretty solid ending to my attempt to reduce my impact as much as possible this week. Starting off the day, I actually found it much more effective to consume as little water as possible when showering. I have adopted the method of just using room temperature water when I shower and turning off the faucet when it was not needed resulting in the water actually only being on for 1 minute.
I decided to post really late so I could be sure to describe the entirety of my last day in my last blog post. I did throw away more than in the last couple days because I had to use a lot of tissues, although I may have offset this with a blistering shower time of 3 1/2 minutes.
The final day went very well. This project has taught me a lot about myself and about our society as a whole. In class today we talked a lot about whether or not what we have done has made a difference. I believe that we have. While what we did was not Earth shattering or ground breaking, it is another start in the education of our society in our consuming habits.
Happy Earth Day everyone! I think my last day of No Impact went well, except for the “No Waste” dinner in Slayter tonight. The food wasn’t bad, but I think the concept could use some work. The meal was supposed to be utensil-free, which worked for the majority of the foods, but not the quinoa salad I got.
What an awesome experience living No Impact for the first time. I honestly feel like my life is now going to change for the better. No more excess waste, no more long showers, and now I want to start eating more local food. My last day was my personal best. I ate at the dinning halls to reduce waste, I walked all over campus, I continued to use my reusable water bottle, and when I went to slayter I used a greenie.
So today probably wasn’t my best day. I had pizza for dinner…but it was free. Who can turn down free pizza? I did have lunch at Curtis though. I also turned my fan on for about a half four because it was suffocating in my room. Throughout the week, I found it hardest to follow the rules of no impact week when I was rushing for softball.
Even though No Impact week has come to an end, I intend on continuing my new reduced-impact behaviors for the remainder of the semester and I’m excited to bring these habits home for the summer. My mom is constantly upset with us for the amount of energy we use and she actually tracks our household energy use on a graph so I imagine she’ll be very pleased with my energy-conscious habits.