It’s a Wrap! Ending the Garbage Experiment
I finished my garbage experience last Friday. I know, it can be hard to find time to blog sometime.
I didn’t really end up with any more garbage than I had from my last post, update #2.
The reason is: I was required to collect, then recycle all of my trash for one week for my environmental science class. Kind of ironic, huh?
So, I should have collected more than I have right now. I’m just excited to finally throw this stuff away and not have to look at it anymore.
As part of the experiment I have begun to read No Impact Man by a Mr. Colin Beavan.In this book, a Manhattan local decided to go one year without making any impact by eliminating garbage, transportation, and electricity.
So, I’ve been trying to figure out how I can eliminate basic wastes. Here are a few that I’ve come up with:
1) Bicycle more. This decreases the need for more stuff, more space, and less fossil fuel.
2) Carry a re-usable mug everywhere. This stops me from taking any tea, coffee, water, that is offered anywhere with an all-to-easy cup to dispose of.
3) Compost. I’ve started a compost bin. This isn’t my first attempt, but I’m hoping to actually get some dirt this time around instead of just nasty rotting sludge.
4) Buy less packaged food. This has been the hardest. Meijer really has nothing that is not packaged, including the vegetables. I think they used to have the bulk bins, but they probably had a problem with too many children eating cookies and chocolate covered raisins… now the nuts and grains come in plastic containers. They’re recyclable, but impossible to buy unpackaged.
5) Eat IN more. It seems like few people my age know how to cook. This includes me at times. I’m working to rejuvenate the art of eating in more and eating out less. It costs less, is more fun, more rewarding, and probably tastes better than Applebees and McDonalds anyways.
I have been following a friend of mine Katie Green, in her experience in Uganda. She went a week living without electricity and running water. What would happen if someone did that here to make a statement?
I’ve been reading stories of Gandhi, a firm actioner who didn’t wait for someone else to begin changing culture. Let’s figure out what impact we can have as individuals in improving the world, and culture that we live in.
As my African History professor said yesterday, “We are all agents of social change, whether we like it or not.”