That is what someone said to me today when I tried to explain why I was doing this particular 30-day challenge. I’m not sure how I was supposed to react, “Why because I’m educated and have an interest in the environment?” I was kind of put off by the ignorant comment but I just kept going with my day.
I didn’t eat breakfast at home because I had to rush to catch the train. My normal go-to breakfast at the cafeteria at work is to grab a bagel, toast it, and lather it with gratuitous amounts of peanut butter (nom, nom, nom). However today I realized that the bagels at work come wrapped in saranwrap, so it was a no-go, bummer.
Instead I had the cafeteria-cook-lady make me a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich on an english muffin. Not sure that’s a more sustainable (or healthy) choice but it would keep me from having to throw away garbage. While I was toasting my english muffin for the sandwich I realized that she had already finished. So I had to eat both, oh well, I’m not really trying to watch my figure anyway. I had her put my sandwich in my tupperware and she said, “Really? you want me to put it in THAT?” (sounds like my first time). I said yes it’s good for the environment instead of using the styrofoam that the cafeteria uses (not so much like my first time). Then the casheir-lady then gave me an odd look and actually laughed out loud at me. Probably because this is what she saw, I admit it does look a little bit odd:
Other things that produce trash seemed to pop up all day long. Like an apple with a sticker on it, even though I’m being healthy, the sticker still counts as trash because it can’t be recycled, I hadn’t expected that. Also, the box that my soap comes in (too much information? It’s cardboard so recyclable, no big deal)
Later on after dinner I recycled a few things. I should also mention that my dinner was chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, dinner of champions? I just had to wash out the container in order to recycle it. I might still finish it off with a beer from the Woodstock Inn.
So far so good in the no-land-fill life. However, tomorrow is trash/recycling day. I’m not entirely convinced that our recycling is even recycled at all because no one on our street has a blue recycling bins. We used to have 2 but they were both stolen and not replaced. I’ll have to put a call into our building’s management company to see what’s up. Maybe we can get a big blue recycling container for the building to use. I’ll also ask them about composting in our little backyard area. I still have a few days to figure out the composting thing. Look for another blog post about recycling and composting options in Boston. I will likely be building my own composting container, put that engineering degree to good work.