Take the Pledge:

  • I pledge to reduce my consumption of disposable items for the next 30 days.
  • I pledge to focus specifically on one or more items of my choosing, such as plastic bags, to notice and work mindfully with the momentum of my habits.
  • Remembering that everything in the world is connected, I pledge to do my best to be aware of the damage caused by lack of attention and careless convenience.
  • Knowing that it’s impossible to cause zero harm, I pledge to maintain a sense of humor about my actions as I practice, while still working to limit the negative impact of my consumption choices on myself, others, and the planet we all share.

Thank You For Taking The Pledge

Thanks for taking the time to commit to these pledges. Remember that 30 days is not such a long time to practice this way, when you consider that in just the last 30 years, human society has used up one third of the Earth’s natural resources.

Reply Below with your Name, Location, and How you plan to change your consumption habits throughout the monthlong practice.

– Go to our 24 hour diary page and tell us what 24 hours of consumption looks like for you!
– Discuss How your Practice is going Here.
– Back to Responsible Consumption Home, for resources and more info on events.


28 Responses to “Responsible Consumption”

  1. rigdenpoet Says:

    I take the pledge. Call me a consumption geek.

  2. Brian Bennett Says:

    Among other things, I will commit to fresh vegetables for my family (not frozen).

  3. rewriteable Says:

    I’ll take the pledge.
    Name: Kirsten
    Location: Brooklyn, NY
    Focus of responsible consumption: I am going to try to not use any disposable beverage containers (any plastic or glass bottles or take out cups of coffee or soda, etc…) for the next 30 days.

  4. the girl Says:

    I take the pledge.

    I will focus on improving my somewhat neglected wormery and setting up a system to dispose of compost that extends beyond what my wormery can handle within the 30 days.

  5. the girl Says:

    P.S. I no longer publish my name online when I create a link associated with my personal web site. However, I’m located in New York, NY.

  6. Angela Says:

    I am already a huge proponent of reusable bags and ALWAYS have a selection in my car to use at the grocery store or wherever I might be given a paper or plastic bag. So, I realize that I need to be more mindful of other ways I can reduce the amount of disposable items I use. For the next 30 days, I will focus on take out food and drinks and the containers they come in — do I have to give up take out or can I come up with creative ways to deal with this???

  7. namenorg Says:

    Name: Patrick
    Location: Brooklyn, NY
    I plan to take more strict notice of the distance my food has to travel to reach me. I will eat produce only from the farmer’s market and try to limit my habit of dropping this practice while eating out.

  8. Emily Says:

    I will take the pledge and be mindful about my purchases: when buying produce at the farmers market – I will come with all my own bags – including plastic bags (reusing Debbie Meyer Green Bags) for produce. I will use my own mug, glass water bottle, and bring lunch to work. All plastic bags my roommates collect will be taken to recycling at Whole Foods (including batteries, etc.) and I will pledge to NOT purchase anything plastic unless vital to my existence! I will purchase compostable garbage bags.

  9. rigdenpoet Says:

    So I’m in Brooklyn.

    I will reconnect to my worm composting system (the best pets ever).

    No disposable cups. Plastic bags i haven’t used in over a year.

    All veggies will be bought at the farmer’s market.

    I take this vow in meditation. Paz.

  10. Zentacos Says:

    I will take the vow to re-use bags and not use plastic. I will buy fresh vegetables and be more conscious if/when eating out. I am located in Venice,California.

  11. ellen9 Says:

    I will reduce plastic bag usage. No plastic utensils; fewer paper napkins, towels, kleenexes.

    Having trouble going to zero with the plastic bags: still can’t figure out what to put the kitty litter in to dispose of it. My building is NOT okay with just tossing it loose down the garbage chute.

    All ideas welcome!

    in nyc.

  12. Sammi Says:

    Name: Sammi
    Location: NYC
    Focus: using as little paper as possible.

  13. Empathetics Says:

    I take the pledge from here in Brooklyn. The biggest area I’m going to focus on in terms of consumption is around take-out food. So much packaging, and it definitely trains me to be a big participant in disposable culture.

  14. Cassandra Says:

    I take the pledge way over here in Portland,OR. I will be mindful of my consumption. I already use reusable grocery bags, my own travel mug, and avoid take out like the plague. My main area of focus will be to break away from my addiction to paper towels! I pledge to use real towels instead for the next 30 days!

  15. Terry Says:

    I take the pledge from Cambridge, Mass. I will bring my own container for leftovers when eating out. My weakness is seltzer water — in cans and plastic bottles. Not sure how to work around that as it’s one of my few guilty pleasures, but I’ll cut it in half. I’ll stop, think and attach a moment of mindfulness to any purchase. Let’s see if 30 days of buying essentials only will break thoughtless habits.

  16. margarita Says:

    I pledge to ride my bike just about everywhere and buy locally.

  17. sara Says:

    I take the pledge to give up plastic bags, styrofoam stuff, and other plastic disposables.

  18. sharon Says:

    I will re-use bags, take no to-go/disposable coffee cups, and will drink tap water (instead of selzer which comes in plastic).

  19. sharon Says:

    oh and I’m in brooklyn

  20. becky Says:

    i pledge from jersey city, nj.

    i’m focusing on carrying a re-useable coffee mug and food container with me. more here:

  21. joe Says:

    i’m queens. i pledge meatlessness and to stop using plastic water bottles.

  22. Marina Says:

    I pledge to avoid my 2 main weak spots: salad take out containers and the occasional disposable tea cup.

  23. Familiar Stranger Says:

    No disposable coffee cups or paper napkins for me.
    Thinking about clothing purchases.

  24. finishingthehat Says:

    no plastic water bottles, re-use plastic bags and carry a canvas tote with me for groceries, no plastic cutlery

  25. Lauren Says:

    I will pledge to make coffee at home and carry it to work with a re-usable coffee mug. I will also refuse to accept plastic bags from grocery stories or drug stories when shopping for groceries and personal items. I will bring my own plastic bags with grocery items that needs one for transport, such as leafy vegetables. I wonder if the city start imposing some sort of fee on shoppers for the use of plastic bags would mobilize more people into cutting back the use of plastic bags?

  26. Vanessa Says:

    I commit to turning off the shower water while scrubbing/shampooing/etc. and not using disposable containers for the next 30 days.

  27. melissa bee Says:

    i recently joined ‘the compact,’ and vowed not to buy anything new for a year. i’m already a rabid recycler and loathe plastic, although it’s like swimming upstream … no matter how diligent you are, everytime you turn around someone’s shoving a plastic bag in your hand.

    i use a tiffin, bamboo utensils, and cloth napkins for my lunch. i do not use paper towels or paper nakins at home. if i do get food to go, i will have them pack it up in my tiffin.

    as wendell berry said, plastic may be the one thing that god won’t forgive us for.

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