Guest post by summer student Aline Nasselquist
Think about the amount of trash you create in a single week, like food packaging and shopping bags, even clothing tags. Now, imagine not creating any waste whatsoever.
Being zero waste is something I’ve noticed more people are interested in. I want to tackle this challenge for a week to see just how difficult it can be in a community like ours. How accessible, actually is it for us to create the absolute least amount of waste around here?
I’ll be attempting to keep all my garbage in a jar for a week.
It can be very expensive to purchase items that aren’t pre-packaged so I want to see what our community has to offer.
However, I will be throwing away some single use items like toilet paper. Also, any trash created due to work or someone else in my household does not count but I’ll still be mindful.
Finally, if I have to create waste I will try to make it recyclable, an example of this is prescription pill bottles.
Since I still live at home I have some limitations. Simply put I can’t force my parents to partake in this week. But, I’m taking on the challenge of making one five person meal this week. During this week I’m additionally going to challenge myself in a multitude of ways by following others online examples. I’ll be challenging the community as well to see just how accommodating businesses can be.
We should all be more aware of the garbage we produce but we should also be aware of how easy even a low-waste lifestyle can be.
In a follow up column I’ll be documenting how this goes.