The challenge for today (2-21-17) was to stop making trash.
I waste so much paper. I love sticky notes, gum, and paper towels. Collecting trash for me was hard today because I would accumulate things without even thinking about it. Wastefulness is so ingrained into who I am as a person, I did not even realize I am being wasteful until my bag was nice and plump. My bag had a good many paper towels from washing my hands way too many times, which I realized is also wasting water. I had the paper my sandwich from Zach’s was wrapped in, because there was not a good way to avoid that piece of trash.
The no trash emergency pack was cool for me because I am careful about using Tupperware, real utensils, and a thermos/water bottle instead of paper materials. In other words, I enjoyed it because it is something I already do. Carrying around a handkerchief, however, was a challenge. I have pretty bad allergies, and so I go through many tissues on a daily basis. I am willing to accept that tissues are a waste, and I want to do a better job of not filling my trash bag with them for the rest of the week and beyond. Carrying a hanky is a simple way to cut down on my daily impact.