Yesterday I was over at Crunchy Chicken’s place (website) and saw she had another challenge…
Now, I’ve been feeling a little proud lately (yea, I know, it’s one of the seven deadly sins) there has been a De-clutter challenge – and I have no clutter (I’m the queen of organization); there has been a Buy Nothing challenge – and I hate to shop, and don’t shop for anything other than food (I’ve been wearing “recycled” clothing for three years now); There is Burbon Mom’s I’m a Giver Challenge – and I figure I already put in 10 hours per week of charitable work, and rescue clothes and other usable items and pack them up and send to charitable organizations so participating wouldn’t be anything new; and today, Crunchy today put out a Diva Cup Challenge – and thanks to medical science, I don’t have to worry about that either. So, what is this challenge that has me staring numb into space? It is a tough one! It is the Extreme Eco Throwdown that will start in May. And I don’t have an out.
Basically, you can take on one item or all, but when you take it on it has to be a full attempt – “no halvsies or partial attempts.” There is a day of rest built in, so one day a week you can forget the challenge.
1. No plastic
2. No paper products
3. No driving
4. Local food only
5. No garbage output
6. No excessive water usage
7. No electricity
I am in awe of those who have said they will take this on.
I am trying to see what I can do given my current situation. I work out of my home and paper is used extensively (although I do recycle) as is electricity. Without either of these items I am out of business. I live approximately 20 miles from my church and on Sunday the bus ride is over two hours to get there (and through some pretty bad areas,) and I have a house guest for four days and one of my cousins (I have 53 on the one side!) will be visiting later in the month, so not a good time to go without a car.
What I will try to do is no excessive water usage – I figure I could “shower” out of water from a 5 gallon bucket I keep filling as needed. That way the water is not constantly running and I will know how many gallons of water I really use for showering. I can also fill these buckets for the toilet and … I’ll have to think about all of this. I do have until May to decide.
No garbage output is another one I think I can do. That means no microwave popcorn, but I’ll try and survive for a month. It also means that anything that would normally go into the garbage I will have to be extra creative with to determine other uses.
No plastic kind of fits in with the no garbage, except for using shampoo from a plastic bottle or toothpaste from a tube, or deodorant – though this might be a good time to try out the baking soda idea for both the deodorant and toothpaste and see if I can get some shampoo in bar form locally (did I mention how I hate to shop?)
Wow – I guess I have some thinking and planning to do. Thanks Crunchy!