Waste not, Want not – No Impact Week Day 2

•September 20, 2011 • 1 Comment

Yesterday was Day 2 of No Impact Week: Trash! Here is the rundown of my no/low impact success rate.

Worked from my boyfriend’s house, so there was less of a temptation to buy prepackaged food or waste to-go coffee cups. However, I could not find the french press in his cupboard, even though he assured me it would be there. I am someone who really appreciates my morning cup of coffee, and I had the live twitter chat with Annie Leonard to be jazzed up for!

Luckily, my boyfriend Justin randomly stopped home in the midst of his work errands, and sweetly offered to go grab me a coffee before the chat. I happily agreed — on the condition that he bring a travel mug to put the hot goodness in. He left the house, one travel mug in hand, stating that he wasn’t going to have any coffee. Ten minutes later, he is back — TWO travel mugs in hand! Yes, once in the thralls of the coffee shop, he decided he wanted some — and so purchased another travel mug to keep us from having trash (mug came with no packaging, I did ask). Consumerdom – yes. Trash – no.

However, highlight of my trash-less day was the bbq we went to in Duvall, at a horse ranch. I was going to meet some of Justin’s friends, but I was concerned about the bbq mentality. We packed a canvas bag with a plate, our two coffee mugs (one new) for beer, two cloth napkins, and brought an empty growler that we already had to a brewery to get it refilled. Best part about bringing all our own stuff was that it sparked conversations about No Impact Week. Everyone was very excited and helpful to support us (we had forgotten silverware, so they got us some). Wonderful meal with wonderful people, with no trash, out by the foothills of the Cascades.

One last note: my coworker and I cut, matched, and sewed cloth napkins for everyone in our office. She had already had the fabric, I cut and matched two different pieces, she sewed them, and presto! Instant napkins for all our coworkers! YES! to reusing — and they are pretty too!

No Impact Week – Consumption challenge!

•September 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Today was Day 1 of No Impact Week. I was not supposed to buy anything, other than food, and I had set out to try to limit my consumption of that as well (buying the food, not eating it, I like to eat).

Sunday usually is a day I steer clear of purchasing things anyway. My mom used to say that is was sad to see everyone flock to the church of consumption on a lovely Sunday off of work. I agree. Sundays should be time for quality time with those you care about and mentally free yourself of clutter before the start of the work week (for those among us who are M-Fers).

I managed to do fairly well! I managed not to buy anything at all, but of course I am not a sole entity entirely.

I had a business meeting with some friends at a coffee shop, but they footed the bill, as it was a business meeting, and we ate it ‘for here’, so no waste either! Then I went grocery shopping with my boyfriend for dinner food, and he bought champagne, syrup, and sausage (brunch for dinner with mimosas, it was wonderful!) We used the blueberries we had picked and frozen earlier in the month and other pancake makings from the pantry. Wonderful dinner, minimal purchasing, day one a delicious success!

In preparation for tomorrow, this is the waste I produced/co produced today. Foil off champagne bottle, plastic wrap and foam tray from sausage (there must be a better way to package meat, I am investigating!), and a cork. Of course some of the things, like syrup, are in plastic bottles, but my sweet tooth doesn’t extend to a whole bottle during one pancake dinner!

Goal: Less or no trash tomorrow that isn’t recyclable, reusable, or compostable! Come on Day 2!

Categories: No Impact Week, consumption, YES! Magazine

Starting from seed

•September 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hi there! This is not my first blog, but hopefully it will be my first fairly successful, relatively often updated blog.

I intend to write about what challenges me, what inspires me, my goals and their obstacles, and the world as I see it.

My blog will have an exciting start, with me blogging about taking part YES! No Impact Week, a week long carbon cleanse. I will try to be as honest as possible, and even though I consider myself to be decently competent on reducing my carbon use, here is to learning more!

Stay tuned!