No Impact Weeks

Giving Back – No Impact Week

Giving Back – No Impact Week

Our Giving Back Day lined up perfectly with our local Harvest Fair, the main fundraiser for Friends of the Farms, an island group working to preserve and enhance local farming. We signed up for two volunteer shifts: 2 1/2 hours in the pie sales booth followed by 2 hours helping fair-goers sort through their trash, […]

Eco-Sabbath – No Impact Week

Eco-Sabbath – No Impact Week

We mixed things up a bit, so that Saturday was our Eco-Sabbath, Sunday our Giving Back day. Our regular sabbath, aka Shabbat, is from sundown Friday through to Saturday night when we can see three stars shining in the sky (airplanes and satellites don’t count). We do our best to reduce our use of money, […]

Water – No Impact Week

Water – No Impact Week

I’ve got two words for Water Day: Baking Soda. We’ve refined our water consumption over the past year, thanks in largest part to our first No Impact Week experience. We take shorter showers and less frequent baths, we reuse water for plants when we can capture it, and I almost never turn the kitchen faucet […]

Free Pants Update – No Impact Week

Free Pants Update – No Impact Week

My consumption dream for the week came true, and then some. I had offers of jeans and coupons toward the purchase of a new pair from several people. I took the first person to offer a pair up on her offer – When I showed up on her porch (and I carpooled to get there, […]

Energy – No Impact Week

Energy – No Impact Week

Let me say this: It is a whole lot easier to reduce our energy use in September than it was during our first No Impact Week in January. Dawn came and brought us light in time for breakfast and our walk to the school bus stop. If we’d eaten dinner on time, there would have […]

Food – No Impact Week

Food – No Impact Week

If only it were simple to eat well. Because I can’t afford to buy all the organic produce I want for my family, and because it’s usually all wrapped up in plastic, we forage and grow and barter to fill our bellies with seasonal vegetables and fruit. By eating seasonally, we keep the costs low […]

Transportation – No Impact Week

Transportation – No Impact Week

Ah, transportation! This was the most difficult part of our first No Impact Week, and so far, that’s holding true for this round. I had planned it all out. The girls and I would skip to the bus stop in the dawn’s clear light, and I’d get a lovely photo of the happy group of […]