Zero Waste Week — Day Four

by Katy on April 18, 2013 · 12 comments

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Today is Day Four of Zero Waste Week, and I work again. The grumbling about the project is starting to starting up, although I nipped that in the bud with bribery of bulk purchase of yogurt covered pretzels and fruit gummies from New Seasons.

Yesterday was more about what I didn’t do, rather than what I did do.

  • I didn’t eat individually packaged graham crackers at work.
  • I declined individually packaged chocolates.

And on an entirely different subject, I met the woman whose You Tube marriage proposal went viral and has been viewed almost 20 million times!

And there was no packaging involved. 😉

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen April 18, 2013 at 5:51 am

WTG Katy! Sometimes what we do not do is more meaningful that what we do. Personally I think you are doing great!


Cyndi April 18, 2013 at 6:07 am

Thanks for posting that! Way more Portland than Portlandia 🙂 It’s funny how all the people seem vaguely familiar…


Deb from Iowa April 18, 2013 at 6:37 am

Refusing is the first step according to Bea Johnson, so you did well Katy! This week I am working on my awareness. Yesterday, I made a tuna fish sandwich. The tuna I use comes in one of those foil pouches that I always chuck in the garbage, but yesterday I actually read the fine print and it is recyclable aluminum so into recycling it will go for evermore. (I can’t imagine refusing tuna for the rest of my life and no, I can’t buy it in bulk.)


Jackie April 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Thanks for doing that research, Deb. I was wondering how I was going to do w/o tuna – I love it! I never thought to read the packet!

It just seems as if I’m more aware of garbage anymore. On my walks, I feel I should take a garbage bag to pick up the trash along the way. It makes me mad that people are so unaware! It’s disgusting. I keep coming here to read responses because it calms me down and I realize there are many who are trying to leave a better world for those who follow.


Susan April 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

The proposal video is great, but the follow-up, “Yes To Love,” made me cry! It’s a beautiful love letter to their grandparents and families. Thanks for posting it!

And good job on the zero waste…


Katy April 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Ooh . . . I haven’t had a chance to watch that yet.



Amanda B. April 20, 2013 at 9:16 am

The follow up video was so amazing. I’m still sniffling!


Lynn D. April 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I did fine today until the letter carrier brought a bunch of unsolicited mail. Why would an environmental organization send you a bunch of address stickers which can’t be recycled? Why do catalogs come wrapped in plastic? I’ve got to get in touch with Catalog Choise to get off these mailing lists!


cathy April 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I know you can put your address on lists like the Direct Marketing Association. But some companies require you to call or email them directly. I did that the other day with one of those Mailbox Values envelopes full of coupons I never use. Yesterday I called Sierra Club and requested that they stop sending me solicitations in the mail. They were happy to mark my name as “no mail.” I know how to find them if I want to contribute. I know it’s an extra step, but sometimes the direct approach is faster.


Rebecca B. A. R. April 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Thanks for the video highlight, it made me cry!


Katy April 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Imagine how you’d cry watching it with her!



Kathy M April 19, 2013 at 4:57 am

Love the video! So nice that you got to meet her.


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