Okay, so I’m going to approach this reflective activity in a manner that will allow me to manage a couple of habits in my life. The requirements for this task have me monitoring a variety of behaviors that are tied to consumerism and the affects of mass advertizing. I plan to draw upon many skills that I have acquired over the years in my attempts to control / limit / avoid wasteful spending and consuming.
In business, I learned a long time ago that the little expenses are the ones that you need to be aware of the most. A business can deal with a major expense but, the cost of items like printer cartridges and postage will draw on the bank account. For this activity, I plan to take the approach of monitoring my habits and effecting change in the common day to day activities that appear in my life. I feel it would be easy to say “I just won’t buy a new computer over the next few weeks” but, I know that changing something as small as my coffee consumption and methods of coffee consumption will be difficult.
This is where I am going to start…
I have a Kuerig! My wife bought it for me as a way of saving time and money (sort of). She also bought me a re-usable brewing container that would a allow me to use regular bulk coffee grounds in the Kuerig. The idea of the Kuerig was to help save money by making coffee and taking it to work in a re-usable travel mug instead of me purchasing (expensive) coffee on my journey into the school. Before long I was using the Kuerig every morning but, became lazy and I found it quicker and less messy to use the coffee that was available in the Kuerig “K-Cup” format. Although I was not creating waste in the for of a disposable coffee cup, I was creating waste by using the K-cup which was not bio-degradable like some of the coffee cup options available when purchasing coffee.
My First Goal!
I want to complete two weeks of coffee making and consumption with no waste short of the used coffee grounds which are bio-degradable.