During my time as green editor here at mbg, I've been put in touch with some pretty impressive eco-heroes. Stories of no-impact city living, entirely self-sustaining oases, and lifelong commitments to spreading environmental awareness have inspired me to pursue some green feats of my own.
To kick off a series of weekly eco-challenges, I just attempted to go seven days without using any disposable plastic. That means no beauty products in plastic containers, next to no packaged food (most cans and boxes are lined with plastic) and no single-use cutlery or carriers. While recycling is certainly a great thing, the process has its kinks, and the best way to cut down on one's environmental impact is to lessen consumption altogether.
It was a pretty revelatory seven days, and the experience made me more conscious of my own blind consumption tendencies. Here are some highlights and takeaways — hopefully they will give you a laugh and inspire you to lessen your own plastic footprint a bit.
Saturday. A potato-heavy week.
It’s a sunny fall day in Brooklyn and the farmer’s market is packed. With two canvas shopping bags by my side, I’m ready to take on any plastic that comes my way. “No thanks,” I strongly reply when asked if I need a plastic bag for my lettuce, ready to accept my crown as eco-ambassador of New York City. But my confidence starts to waver once I look more closely at my food options.