Well, the ‘lil Burghers almost forgot that today started Earth Week and the Tote Bag Challenge, but we’re proud to say that we have not had to claim a $1 penalty through day 1!
This morning when I woke up, I went downstairs to get started on the kids’ brunch and pack my Monday lunch. I realized the fridge needed some cleaning, so I reached for a grocery bag to collect trash items. I was one step away from the pile that needs to get to the recycle bin when it hit me…the Challenge started today! It was time to think about how not to use a bag to get the trash to the trash can…this involved several trips to the trash (and thus extra burnt calories, win). The sad thing is that it made Mr. Burgher and I realize how much food we let spoil or go to waste (mostly leftovers from the kids’ meals that they let sit out way too long). Hunger is a problem, and we shouldn’t be so wasteful, but that’s another challenge to take on. One bag avoided.
The next step was easy, packing my lunch. I bought a Wrap-N-Mat months ago to carry my sandwiches, and I have to say I am in love with it. It doubles as a placemat (if needed) and keeps the food fresh. We have plenty of Rubbermaid containers that I use, plus some really great always fresh green containers for storing veggies and fruits (thanks, Mom!). It makes packing lunch a breeze. If only my trusty lunchbag wasn’t getting a big tear in it, I’d feel set!
As I packed my lunch, I had some pre-Challenge veggie/fruit bags from the grocery store, but I realized that they could be recycled. You know, we never realized that before, but now these will go in the pile to be recycled!
The rest of our day was pretty laid back and lazy, so that meant no grocery shopping, no couponing, and no chance of slipping up with a plastic bag! We’ll be considering day 1 of the Challenge a huge success!