Sierra Club No Impact Project Experiment Day 1

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Update for this project…life happened and I was experiencing severe pain so I was unable to complete the project.  Please keep reading, however, there is still some useful information and links.


I was emailed the packet for this project a few days ago and I have been excited about starting it.  To sign up and receive the package, click here

Here is how they describe it on their site:
“The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse that starts on Sunday, August 29th. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.”

WHAT: A one-week experiment in living with a lower carbon footprint.
WHEN: The No Impact Experiment lasts for a week starting on Sunday, August 29th.
HOW: Sign up at the above link. Once you sign up, they will email your No Impact Experiment guide, which will walk you through each daily challenge.

Sunday, August 30th 2010

The first thing they asked me to do was to watch a video called Story Of Stuff. It was educational AND entertaining. I actually lol’ed a few times at 5 am. I posted this video on my last blog but here it is anyways.

Here are the steps I was given next and how I did them:

1. Type up a list of all the stuff you “need” to buy this week. Delete the items that you can live without for the week. For the rest of the items, figure out if you can purchase them second-hand, borrow them, or make them yourself.

Here was what I typed out for myself:
Stuff I need for the week:
1. Dog food
2. School books
3. School supplies
4. Food
5. Cigarettes
6. Bus pass
7. Worm medicine for the dog
8. Co-pays on medication
9. Bills
10. Laundry
-There is nothing to delete, I need all of these things.
-I have to buy dog food, food, bus pass, medicine for dog, co-pays for medicine, and pay for bills
-Cigarettes I don’t need but will more than likely buy although I can buy rolling tobacco to lessen the cost and amount of waste
-I am going to rent as many of my schoolbooks that I can or buy used

I realized I really don’t buy that much when I’m broke. I also learned that in the last few months; while trying to lose weight and reading about toxic chemicals and how to make my own cleaning products I have already begun to consume less. All of the things on the list are NEEDED except for cigarettes.

2. Put an empty re-usable bag in a private place at home. Throughout the day, fill it up with all of your trash, recyclables, and food waste. If you’re out of the house, carry your trash home with you. Make sure that nobody else’s trash gets in there but your own. This will help you get ready for Monday’s challenge.


3. Just for this week, try not to shop for new items. Will you find something better to do with your time and money? Could you use this time to spend with friends instead?

4. What is the hardest part of decreased purchasing? Go to their site and comment about your experience, thoughts, and overall consumption habits. If you’re trying something new or unique, tell us about it.

5. If you have not already submitted answers to your pre-experiment survey, please do so now. It will help us continue to offer the program for free and help you gauge the change you will experience this week.

They gave me a few good ideas for change including some links. I will include the links and let you explore the rest for yourself when you join the experiment.

Church Of Life After Shopping
How To Mend It
Swap For Good
5 Strategies For Throwing The Perfect Clothing Swap
Center For A New American Dream
Green Guide

Tomorrow is TRASH!!