Guest Blogger: Julia


Go 24 Hours without Disposables

by Julia, George Walton comp. HS

GO 24 HOURS WITHOUT USING ANY DISPOSABLES. Think I can do it? Hope you said yes because I already did.  But let’s back up a little. If you’re going to go a whole day without disposing of ANYTHING (except toilet paper, that was my exception. I had no time to drive to Kroger at 6 in the morning to even buy eco-friendly toilet paper ), you’re going to need some supplies:

Handkerchiefs. Preferably attractive ones. OR if you want to look EXTRA stylish.. go for the kid ones. I carried around the handkerchiefs that I used to pretend were capes for my dolls. Have a look 

Paper Clips. These may seem simple or unneeded or whatever, but when you go to staple something, think—“am I going to be able to reuse this staple?” and the answer is a big NO. be prepared. Carry paper clips.

Lunch Time! Bring a lunch box, plastic or stainless steel Tupperware, silverware (no plastic throwaways), and a cloth napkin! I brought a dish towel because my PeopleTowels haven’t come in the mail yet 😉 Also, don’t bring any bars or chips or packaged items unless they are homemade or come from a bulk, reusable bag.  No juice boxes! Just water bottles! (the reusable kind, of course!)

If I’m going to be honest, it wasn’t that hard to be disposable-free for 24 hours. Yes, I dispose of things EVENTUALLY, but when it comes to a day-by-day ordeal, I tend to lean towards the reusable side. When I DO dispose, I almost always recycle (paper or plastic) or compost (fruits and veggies/tea bags/coffee grounds) before I do any throwing away.

About Project Green Challenge

Project Green Challenge is a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement inspiring young people to take action and protect our planet. This October, Teens Turning Green is energizing high school and college students across the country to participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day green lifestyle initiative. The Challenge will raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions. With the guidance of eco experts, industry leaders and the PGC Guide to Living Green, participants will discover how fun, easy and effective eco living can be.

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