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Royal Wedding, Royal Mess?

by Alix Hallen

This will be a short blog post, but I just wanted to share my experience hosting a small royal wedding watch party. Although it might have been easier and what I would have done before the no impact challenge, I chose to use all reusable items. Hosting people, whether its two or twenty is often a hassle and it is easier to just throw everything out at the end of the party (especially when it is at 3 in the morning).

But I resisted the urge and used all of my reusable dishes and cups and utensils. So my challenge to you is; when hosting a party think twice about what you serve your guests on. Although it may be more clean up for you, it is better in the long run to host a sustainable party!


April 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Confession: Family Visit

by Alix Hallen

I just arrived back on campus after a whirl-wind visit with my family. It was a wonderful weekend, however, it was unfortunately not great for my no impact challenge numbers. I have been trying, while at school, to live a more sustainable life. This has been difficult, but since I have control over what I purchase and what I use it has become part of my daily routine to pay attention and use reusable items. This weekend, however, I was not in control and because I was out of town, did not have my handy dandy reusable items. Thus, my confession:

This weekend, I ate off disposable plates, use disposable utensils, took plastic bags at the grocery store and did a myriad of other unsustainable things. While I am not proud of this, this weekend made me realize something, that sometimes you just have to go with the flow. As much as it broke my heart to use disposable plates and utensils, I understood the convenience and the necessity of them for this particular family gathering. I also realized that once and a while, I can take a plastic shopping bag because I just have no other option. So I hope that this confession, lovely readers of this blog, will make you feel a bit better if you slip up once in a while.

Although it is much better to live a sustainable and environmentally friendly life each and everyday, sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

April 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

In the Gutter

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

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.

April 7, 2011 at 6:57 am 2 comments

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