As Low Impact Week draws to a close, I figured I’d weigh in with the hows and how didn’ts, as it were. My numbers (estimating tv and computer for the rest of the day based on last night’s figures):
- 10 plastic bags. Most of these were from the farmer’s market on Wednesday so I’ll have to remember to take back and reuse next week.
- packaged foods: 23. I really thought this would be lower so I’ll have to really keep an eye on what I’m buying.
- meat: 6 out of 7 days. Of that, the only substantial chunk of meat was a burger on Tuesday. The rest was chicken nuggets for Lucy and little bits like pepperoni on pizza or soup with beef.
- dairy: tons and tons. I don’t think I’m so worried about dairy after all. A lot of what we consume is local anyway.
- takeout: 2 days plus leftovers from dinner out on Saturday. This is stellar! A few weeks ago we were ordering out almost every day. I’m really thrilled with this result.
- lbs garbage: 16.9. I have no freaking idea what was in the first garbage bag last night but it weighed 8 pounds. We’re usually between 4 and 5 pounds per bag. And then we had cat litter on top of that. I’m going to start logging what gets thrown out because that’s mad trash.
- 28.75 oz fed to worms. I have to start cutting stuff up into smaller pieces because I just can’t fit enough into the bin. I should be able to fit 2-3 lbs per week but they aren’t going through it quickly enough to do that. I actually have worm food saved in the fridge at this point. Still, that’s all food that would’ve otherwise gone into the trash and I’m really having fun checking up on the worms and making sure everything is under control.
- 12.8 lbs recycling. Cardboard boxes and catalogs plus there was beer in the house this week. I have gotten myself off of 4 catalog lists though.
- television: 36 hours 48 minutes. I was shooting for 32 hours for the whole household, so this is not the greatest since it only counts Lucy and me. Why do we watch so much tv? This part I really have to think about. Other than baseball and Lucy’s shows, I don’t even know what we watch.
- computer: 30 hours, 15 minutes. Again, only Lucy’s and my numbers. Goal was 49 hours for the household, so again we need to look more closely at this. Still, I think this reflects a marked improvement over the control week so we may just be on the right track.
This also ends the first week of the Riot for Austerity/90% Reduction. I’ve been quite pleased with our results for this challenge, aside from the garbage of last week, our car mileage and the big chunk of spending. Here are those numbers:
- 172.85 mi on transit (1.73 gallons) and 50.3 mi in a car (2.8 gallons.) The car was ride share for me to LI and then Lucy’s time with Grandma this week. I’m counting full gas for all trips.
- Consumer goods: new–$105.92 used–$5.80
- Food: Local–45%
- Food: Bulk–14%
- Food: Wet–41%
Other great and new things that have come about for this first week include only having to use the dryer for one load of laundry and, of course, the pie! Anything that gets me to bake something can’t be bad. And, yes, this is the first thing I’ve ever baked that didn’t come in a box. I didn’t make the crust but I did make the crumb topping, and it’s freaking delicious even though you have to eat it with a spoon. It looks like only one side was totally gloppy–the other is chunky-soup and even has some bottom shell left intact. I think it’s something about my oven.
Dude, I can’t believe I baked a frigging pie. That’s so awesome! This week CSA is all leafy veg so only cooking I’m planning is some collard greens. I hope next week brings something new–I’m eating like three salads a day. The baby is going to pop out smothered in vinaigrette.