Get Ready for No Impact Monday: Trash

Discover how wasting less improves your life: Steps to prepare for Day 2 of No Impact Week on September 19th.
Paper Cup photo by Chris-Håvard Berge

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Monday Trash

It’s Monday of your No Impact Week. Consider all trash bins off-limits.

When Colin began his experiment he stockpiled his family’s trash for a week to figure out what disposable items they could stop consuming and throwing away without sacrificing their happiness or comfort. After giving up all disposable products, their level of happiness and satisfaction actually increased. Intrigued?

Steps to Prepare:

In 2006, the U.S. produced more than 251 million tons of trash — 4.6 pounds per person per day.
-EPA Municipal Solid Waste Data for 2006
  • Empty your special trash bag from yesterday. Separate the items into two piles: stuff that you used for more than ten minutes, and stuff you used for less than ten minutes. How does this make you feel? (Now put everything back in the bag and put it aside
    for the week.)
  • Put together a no-trash travel kit for the week with a reusable drinking receptacle for hot and cold liquids, a handkerchief/old t-shirt, Tupperware®, utensils, and reusable produce bags.
  • Stop making trash. Reduce it. Reuse it. Recycle it. Just don’t throw it away. Keep a special bag at home or the office to collect trash you make by mistake or necessity throughout the week.
  • At the end of the day, take time to reflect on your discoveries and post on our blog. Answer these
    questions: What did you put in your special trash bag? Why was it hard or easy not to make trash? Where was it impossible not to make trash? For shorter reflections, share your thoughts on our Facebook page.
  • Be proud of your efforts and a great start to the week! Write down five things for which you are
    grateful. We will send it to you tonight to the email account that you initially registered with.


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