Sunday, August 29, 2010
No Impact Experiment Week: Day 1
I just signed up for the No Impact Experiment Week. To find out more information and sign up, click here. I remember getting into the No Impact Man website when I was in college and he was still running his experiment with his own family. I felt like I learned a lot from his posts and experiences. I also saw the movie, which was very interesting, so I thought doing this experiment myself would be interesting.
The first day starts today, Sunday, and it is all about consumption. Today I am suppose to consider my purchases and how I can reduce them. I think I have already done this to a degree in the past year but there is always room for growth. I do need to be better about when I make a purchase on trying to buy it used first before just going to a store and making a purchase. Also finding local shops to make my purchases at, I am lucky that living in a big city there are these options and many of them. Because in doing this you are most likely being less stuff overall, less packaging, plastic, etc.
I am proud to say that I plan on getting a book this afternoon, and after looking at local library branches, and they didn't have it available, I am going to go to the neighborhood book co-op. This co-op is great, you pay a $10 membership fee and then you get 10 credits. For each credit you can go in a get a used book. You can also earn more credits by taking in books or returning books, which I have done and plan on taking more. I love books, so I have easily collected more than enough over the years. I love that I really don't have to spend money for these "new" books that I get. When I don't go to the co-op there are a couple of used bookstores that I like to go to also.
So on the No Impact journey, I plan to be better about my purchases. Trying to buy used first on all accounts and then if not used, from a local store. The hardest part out this is going to be clothes. I have reduced my clothes purchases a lot in the past 6 months, but when I still do go clothes shopping on the rare occasions I don't buy used. I really need to be better about this, and I plan on being better about it the next time I go shopping for clothes.
Do you have any suggestions on how to reduce consumption?