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A personal blog chronicling my journey to make better everyday decisions in regard to climate change.

An adult makes an estimated 35,000 decisions a day. Why not make at least one each day with the intent to have a positive impact on climate change? This blog is dedicated to sharing information that takes a deeper look at how we can make changes to our every day lives to have a more positive impact on this planet.

Decide To Reduce Single Use Plastic: Urban Camping Cutlery

Decide To Reduce Single Use Plastic: Urban Camping Cutlery

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Since the beginning of my working life, I have used plastic cutlery at lunch nearly every weekday. I made the switch to a reusable coffee mug and water bottle awhile back, but I just kept throwing the cutlery away. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that just one person uses up to 466 pieces of plastic cutlery every year. I needed to fix my part in this!

I grew up in a family that loves the outdoors and are enthusiastic campers. One thing campers are good at is packing in and packing out. I learned at a young age that you always leave your campsite better than you found it. The solution was right in front of me; not just in the pack-in and pack-out mentality but in the camping equipment itself.

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I recently purchased a metal camping knife, fork, spoon and bottle opener that folds down compactly. It even has a sleeve so it doesn’t snag anything else in my bag. In order to keep my new urban camping gear clean, I brought a dishtowel and some washing up liquid into the office. Given the towel will only be used to dry a clean piece of cutlery, it’s going to be awhile until I need to bring it home for laundering.

Yes, I will need to use water to wash the cutlery, so it’s not completely neutral. The beginning of this TED Talk highlights the embodied energy that goes into the simple task of wiping up a counter and it continues to amaze me.

As with all of the decisions I am making, the key will be in turning the use of my new urban camping cutlery into a habit. I recommend The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, if you haven’t yet read it.

Resources for Curious Minds

Ten tips to reduce your plastic footprint (WWF)

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The European Union agreed to ban plastic plates, straws, and forks by 2021 (Quartz)

‘Ditch the cling film and switch to soap’: 10 easy ways to reduce plastics use in 2019 (The Guardian)

Decide to KonMari Your Home (Or At Least Your Closet)

Decide to KonMari Your Home (Or At Least Your Closet)

Decide To Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: U.S. 529 College Savings Plans

Decide To Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: U.S. 529 College Savings Plans