Posts tagged ‘coffee’

Moving Beyond the Plastic Paradigm

Plaza cafe...so artsy.

by Chase Eck

My friend Stephen and I were in the library a couple nights ago. He was learning everything there is to know about the Holocaust, and I was writing a paper analyzing different historical perspectives on the Israeli war of Independence in 1948. Clearly we needed a break. We moseyed on down to Plaza café and swapped light conversation about looming demographic problems in China and electoral models across democracies over steaming cups of Seattle’s Best. Sometime during the conversation I realized just how many points I had accrued during my study break and vented my dismay to Stephen with some well-chosen words.  Stephen’s response was: “Well you just have to count the plastic right?”

Of course as anyone who is familiar with the No Impact challenge knows I couldn’t just count the plastic.  I had to count the cardboard coffee cup as well. That’s the point, it’s easy to fixate on one easily identifiable culprit such as plastic or oil but the truth is the issue is so much broader.  We need to move beyond the latest villain of the day and seek to identify why wasteful behavior is so bad and work to better our habits with regards to that issue as well as others.  Plastic bags aren’t inherently bad, it’s just that the number we consume is so wasteful. This concern applies to all single use items, not just those made of plastic.

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April 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm 2 comments

NUpcycle Episode 1: Coffee Cozy

That’s right! Upcycling. Check it out and be on the lookout for more like this in the future.

April 12, 2011 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

Confessions: Gum is my vice.

My name is Zach and these are the confessions of a consumer.

When the No Impact Challenge began, I was fine with sparing a point here or there without much thought. But, by the end of the day, I usually had a lot of points. It was always a surprise to me when I ended the day with 4 or 5. I don’t know why, but I thought I had been doing a good job. I was wrong.

For the past two days, I’ve come close to sealing the deal for my first NO IMPACT day. Both days I have failed.

I can smell victory in the air today, though. At lunch, I almost took a napkin but recoiled my hand with a triumphant smile at the last moment, remembering my goal to have no impact.

I may or may not have eaten my French fries with a fork to avoid needing a napkin for my greasy fingers. People may or may not have judged me. But I feel like I’m on top of the world.

Not really. But it’s nice to know that I’m making progress.

I’ve finally learned the tricks of the trade. And maybe, when somebody else sees me putting my Starbucks coffee in my own mug and asking the barista to put my scone in a Tupperware, they’ll catch on. Or at least care enough to ask what I’m doing. That’s what I hope for. I’m learning to live more sustainably and I think my competitors in the challenge and I can lead by example.

It’s quite possible to significantly cut down my impact. But I still struggle. A lot. I like chewing gum. What can I say? I won’t apologize. But I will be shamed.

Can I have no impact? Maybe on some days. I’ll get back to you. Perhaps I should try making my own gum. Let me know if you have a recipe.

 

 

 

 

April 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm 1 comment


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