My EcoChallenge is to not buy anything that comes in a package.
I’ve always been intrigued by those who have embarked on lofty initiatives to reduce their impact (No Impact Man, The Clean Bin project), so when the EcoChallenge rolled around, I knew that I wanted to focus on waste reduction.
I always bring my own bags to the store (or carry things out without one), buy in bulk when I can, and opt for items that don’t come in excessive packaging. However, it’s the latter two where I want to improve and the EcoChallenge provides the opportunity to focus on lifestyle changes to help me reduce my waste.
Every good initiative needs a set of rules and here are mine:
I’m a week into my challenge and so far, I’m doing pretty well―though, I did have a slip-up (I’ll get to that later). I’ve been to the grocery store twice and have navigated it with ease and purpose. As a result of only buying produce and bulk items, I’ve left the store each time without any packaged products!
I’m already learning from my experience. For example, I have a weakness for New Seasons Wok Bowl take out (you choose what you want in it and they stir-fry it up). I was delighted to learn that New Seasons will let me use my own container provided it goes through their dishwasher first (takes about five minutes).
Now my slip-up. I was eating out with a friend and had enough left to take home. I explained to her that I couldn’t since I didn’t want to leave with a package. She patiently explained to me that wasting food is far worse than taking home a container. Hmmm…after much debate, I ended up with lunch for the next day. Although the container was compostable, it lead me to add #6 to my list of rules.
I’m excited to see what the final week reveals. Stay tuned…
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