We are remodeling my partner’s office space here in West Seattle, a lot of it on our own. This requires an enormous amount of schlepping stuff around, running errands to the hardware store to pick up a lousy little something or other.
Sort of blows my no-car ideation to hell.
Not only that, what a lot of waste goes with remodeling. Everything from paint roller sleeves (multiple) to packaging to cans, drywall bits and pieces, discarded hardware, change-in-plan waste, and on and on. When you think this is happening a million times everyday all over the country…it’s enough to make you sort of give up.
The Northwest has a lot of green remodeling companies sprouting up everywhere, and of course a lot more green resources than ever before. Right here in Seattle is the Environmental Home Center, a great resource we’ve used on other projects in our home. We have carpet made out of recycled plastic bottles, for example–wears really well and still looks good. We’re not using an eco-contractor per se but are instilling recycling and reduced waste practices into what we do…even so, I can see how much waste you could produce if you just didn’t care. Plus there’s the stuff you can’t do much about. We have a ruined carpet down in the basement of this office that is beyond reclamation, and that is headed straight to the landfill.
I hate contributing to landfill. It just bugs me inordinately. Does anyone else out there think about landfills a little more than is healthy, or is it just me?
But I won’t lose sight of my year-long project in all of this upheaval. Even if this little blip does add to my overall car usage, I’ve radically reduced it over the course of the last several months and I won’t let this project get in the way. It’s temporary.
But just for the record: remodeling is a pain in the butt.
Daily stats (Monday)
Car: 7 miles
No exercise, yipes!!!