In the Gutter

April 7, 2011 at 6:57 am 2 comments

by Alix Hallen

As soon as the No Impact Challenge began, I developed a terrible cold. It was almost as if the universe was telling me that I would need to produce as much waste i.e. tissues as possible. I am basically cold free and decided I wanted to take a trip outside my apartment and go to CVS.

Now, I love CVS and have a very hard time resisting the aisles of makeup and other beauty products that beckon to me to purchase them. But, I was on a mission for new toothbrushes so I put my blinders on and headed straight for the oral hygiene aisle. As I gathered up my purchases, I went over to the self check out. As I paid for my items, my first instinct was to put my few purchases in a plastic bag and head out. It was a force of habit, but instead I thought twice and walked out of the store toothbrushes in hand.

On my way home, I thought about how awesome it was that I avoided gaining another point and that I may actually have a shot at winning the No Impact Challenge (well probably not, but a girl can dream). I wasn’t

Poor turtle eating a plastic bag for lunch... (photo found on treehugger.com)

thinking, however, about all of the other, more important things I prevented by not taking the bag. I wasn’t thinking about the ocean that I kept a little bit cleaner or the animal I kept a little bit healthier by not taking this plastic bag. As I made my way home, I took the same route I normally take, but this time I stopped in my tracks. The storm drain I normally pass was covered by a plastic bag. The only thing I could think about for the rest of my way was, how that could have been my plastic bag.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Plastic-free Beth Terry  |  April 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations for not taking the bag and for ignoring all the other merchandise that you did not need. My question: what kind of toothbrush did you get and how was it packaged? There are several eco-friendly toothbrushes with less waste.

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  • 2. john  |  April 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    good job! i hope you got me a toothbrush too…

    Reply

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