Type up a list o all the stu you “need” to buy thisweek. Delete the items that you can live withoutor the week. For the rest o the items, fgure outi you can purchase them second-hand, borrowthem, or make them yoursel.Put an empty re-usable bag in a private place athome. Throughout the day, fll it up with all o yourtrash, recyclables, and ood waste. I you’re out o thehouse, carry your trash home with you. Make surethat nobody else’s trash gets in there but your own.
This will help you get ready for Monday’s challenge.
Just or this week, try not to shop or new items.Will you fnd something better to do with yourtime and money? Could you use this time to spendwith riends instead?What is the hardest part o decreased purchasing?
and blog about your experience,thoughts, and overall consumption habits. I you’retrying something new or unique, tell us about it.I you have not already submitted answers to yourpre-experiment survey, please do so now. It will helpus continue to oer the program or ree and helpyou gauge the change you will experience this week.
It’s a vicious circle.
I worry a lot about this keeping-up-with-Jones’s stuff because I believethat many of us compulsively workour butts off to get more stuff — which means more resourceshave to be dug out of the planet’s guts and more pollutants have tobe vomited into the air, earth and water. And what stings is the fact that we often nd out that gettingmore isn’t making us happier.
Live a fuller and happier life by buying less stuff.
Welcome to Day 1 o your No Impact Experiment!
This frst challenge is about
. People around the world are discovering that they'drather spend time making social connections than buying new stu. To learn why this is such an impor-tant part o living a lower impact lie, watch one o our avorite videos,
.The No Im-pact Experiment is a truncated version o
trying to live in New York City withno environmental impact. Three months into Colin’s year-long experiment,
newgoods (except ood). As his wie Michelle discovered, when you kick your shopping habit, you’ll savemoney,
with your amily and riends,
in your house, andmaybe — just maybe — you’ll discover that less really IS more.Ninety-nine percent o thestu we harvest, mine, pro-cess, transport — 99 percento the stu we run throughthis production system istrashed within six months.
Annie Leonard,“The Story of Stuff”
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