No Impact Week, Day 4: Food

Time to fill these with more than just sugar & flour.
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Stuck to my guns with the pantry project through the packing of the kids’ lunches this morning, but then having to rush off to an early meeting meant – as it always does – that I didn’t toss a lunch for myself into my bag. There’s that planning ahead notion that I even underlined in […]

No Impact Week, Day 3: Transportation

Halfway there, and still smiling!
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This morning, my youngest and I walked to school together. Ever since I became a parent, I don’t walk or bike anywhere. And though there are fleeting moments when I miss long bike rides and aimless strolls with my Walkman (yep, that long ago), most of the time I don’t even think about it. What I […]

No Impact Week, Day 2

Mom, get rid of this stuff already!
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Today’s topic is not only trash, but those Bigger Questions that open up when we become mindful of what we discard and why we do it. I decided to focus on packed lunches, a trash-generating activity that we don’t end up seeing here at home in our own trash can, but it sure accumulates at […]

No Impact Week, Day 1

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I just finished watching the DVD “No Impact Man: The Documentary”, about Colin Beavan and his wife and daughter spending one year modifying their urban lifestyle in order to have little or no impact on the environment. A few quotes and ideas that really struck me: “Nobody has to do what I do…We each just […]