I first heard about a story years ago on NPR. A woman wanted to know how much garbage she created that would go into a landfill. She decided that to make it become very real for her, any garbage she created, she would carry it with her for a week. Read more about the story here.
I have become way more conscious of this lately after taking the photos I posted on the 5th. Also, when I was jogging the other night a couple that was walking in front of me just tossed a soda can into the weeds at the side of the road. I said loudly as I ran past that they should go pick it up. If I hadn't been in a good running rhythm I would have stopped and tried to make my point more clear... there isn't anyone who will go behind you to pick up your trash!
Being a Pagan I am more aware of the environment and how our natural resources are not unlimited. We each have to do our part to help, no matter how small. Besides the obvious to not litter, I have made the choice to not use any styrofoam container in way, shape or form. I will not contribute to the amount of garbage that is toxic to the environment. I try to use a cloth dish towel instead of paper towels. I will reuse the plastic grocery bags I have accumlated as trash bags and lunch bags. And I will start to use a cloth grocery bag all the time instead of plastic bags.
I'm not sure how long I could last on the "carry your own trash" challenge, but it does have me thinking about what further contributions I can make.
How long do y'all think you could last, carrying around your trash? Is there something that anyone does like this? I'd love to hear about it and try it too.