While walking to ABC to fill up a growler yesterday, I ran into my wonderful friend Matt (who is chairing a committee that is developing greenhouse gas emissions standards for international aviation). He asked my how my project has been going, and asked whether or not my "standard of living" (however you define it) has changed. To me, the phrase "standard of living" is as subjective as terms like "environmentalism," "sustainable," "equality," etc. Anyway, you be the judge...
1) I know better than ever before where my food comes from, although I would like to know more.
2) All of my food is fresh. I have been eating as healthily as I was before I started this adventure. I feel great.
3) I am more aware of my surroundings, and more aware of simple things that will leave behind trash that will fill landfills for thousands of years (before people decide to start mining landfills, I guess). I am happy to know I am reducing my contribution to this.
4) This project has piqued the interest of many friends and family members of mine, as well as strangers, and has made them more aware. I have already had great discussions with them.
5) I have continued to enjoy an active social life without generating trash...as active as before.
6) I have become more confident.