This week I am taking some time to assess the reality of the carbon footprint my family is leaving on our environment. I am curious to see what a week in our household does to our landfills. Mind you, it may not result in any behavior change, but I think it is important to be open to being aware.
So here are some of the realities of day one, in photos:
My morning started with cereal today – the last of the box means it will be thrown away…. at least a paper box is biodegradable, right? As for the plastic bag inside used to keep the cereal fresh? I suppose that is my first environmental fail of the day.
Coffee made with bottled water (the tap water tastes really bad where I live) is our eco-disaster #2 for the day. Today there were 2 of these thrown away.
This package was not yet thrown away, but the rice crackers, in a plastic tray within a plastic bag were not eco-friendly at all.
3 smaller, personal size water bottles were used and discarded by family members today (we do have a place right outside our apartment for recycling bottles, so they are the only thing we regularly recycle due to convenience and ease).
Mid-morning chocolates found their way into our home…… the bag is going to the landfill…….
… as are the individual wrappers.
2 of these 1.5 liter bottles were consumed in our home today (again, recycled near our home).
This was a late afternoon snack – healthier than regular potato chips for us humans, but the same resulting waste.
These are girls in our house, these are used like mad certain times of the month, and as it so happens it coincides with this blog week – I don’t need to say more.
I made two identical lunches – I won’t show the photo twice – one for each daughter – for tomorrow. So, two drinkable yogurts, two eatable ones, a plastic spoon, and a sandwich in a plastic bag per girl (the plastic sandwich bag claims to be biodegradable – does that bring me redemption for the rest???)
And, of course, a trash bag to carry it all out in so that we can add to the landfills around us…..
Today, 256 days ’til 40, I begin to look at a week of my family’s carbon footprint. Today I think we may have failed, but, sadly, I think this will be one of the better days this week – we will see.