Well I didn’t get back from my trip until late last night so I didn’t get to update you on my waste for the day. I’m not sure this was the most representative day for me but I promised to follow-up. So here is the rest of my waste from yesterday:
- Straw wrapper and straw (lunch)
- Less than 1/4 cup of uneaten food (lunch)
- 3-4 receipts
- One more boarding pass
- taco bell small bag, taco wrapper, 1 napkin, straw and wrapper (dinner)
Now, like I said this is not a typical day. I did however make a few changes to reduce my waste for the day. 1) I took an empty plastic water bottle home with me from the airport to recycle since the airport doesn’t recycle, and 2) I didn’t print a receipt at the gas station, who needs those anyways? I would have to estimate that my trash combined for the whole day was less than 2 lbs, far below the daily average of 4lbs per person/per day. I’m going to try this again tomorrow and compare it to my waste at home since it will be more representative of a real day.
I did two things yesterday that I have written about lately, and they were not good. I purchased a bottle of water at the airport AND I sat in a drive-thru last night for dinner. However, like I said earlier, this is not a typical day for me. When I’m traveling I don’t like to carry anything with me (i.e., refillable water bottle) since I’m already carrying my laptop and work stuff. Also, when I’ve been up for 19 hours I could care less about my 30 seconds I spent at the drive thru! On a regular day at home and work (without traveling) I would not have done either one. However, it is good to note how traveling creates extra waste. I have a few more trips planned for this month so maybe I’ll think about ways to reduce my waste on my next trip. Stay tuned!
I’d like to hear about your daily waste. What did you find when you began looking at the trash you generate in a day? Did it make you reconsider your options? I know for me, I probably would have trashed that water bottle at the airport instead of bringing it home to recycle. But I really am trying to make a difference.
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