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Why I Have Two Points

by Madeleine Steger

When I signed up for this challenge, I was like, “Zero points – done.” I already have lunch and dinner at my apartment almost every day, so there goes any disposable dishware. I carry chico bags in my backpack and purse, so the only times I get a plastic bag is if I get take-out, and the person comes to my door with my food in a bag. My only vice is using too many paper towels, but I figured I could stop myself from doing that.

So, my two points: the first one is from ignorance. For some reason, I didn’t realize recyclables counted (stupid, I know) so I ate a yogurt the first day of the competition. After I realized my error, I haven’t made the same mistake again.

I figured, fine, one point – I was going for zero, but one isn’t too bad.

Then yesterday, I used a paper towel to dry my hands in the restroom, and mid-drying I stopped and was like, “NOOOOO…”

I knew better, but habit got the best of me. I hope I finish this challenge with only two points, but I’ve come to realize that it isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Recycling doesn’t excuse single-use items, and habits can be harder to break.


April 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

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