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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Mackenzie Boehlke

UWL ENV Braun

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 447 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    945
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    19
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    105
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    420
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Mackenzie's Actions

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Energy Turn it off
    How is electricity generated where you live? How does it impact the environment, animals, and humans?

    Mackenzie Boehlke's avatar
    Mackenzie Boehlke 10/11/2018 6:32 PM
    I am not sure how our energy is generated. I would think it would be by water or wind. I think some of our energy is through excel energy. Right now the are making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, but they still have a long way to go. I would say anywhere you go the effects on the environment, animals, and humans are going to be the same. Climate change, smog/foggy skies, and degrading grasslands/forests.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Mackenzie Boehlke 10/10/2018 8:54 AM
    When I practiced mindfulness I was able to sit down, relax, and enjoy my food. When I'm on my phone and computer while eating, I don't really taste my food, that sounds stupid, but I am so distracted by the latest tweet or Instagram post that I do not realize what I am eating and how fast I eat it. Also, when I practice mindfulness while eating dinner I talk with my roommates and carry on a conversation. When we are all on our phones we are able to hear what the other person is saying, but we don't comprehend their words. When I practice mindfulness I understand what they are saying and can formulate a response.

    • Maggie Braun's avatar
      Maggie Braun 10/18/2018 11:22 AM
      What a great way to internalize your commitment to the environment and what an impact you can make with small changes.
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Mackenzie Boehlke 10/10/2018 8:49 AM
    I use plastic sandwich bags regularly. Instead of using those I can use reusable storage containers. They come in several different shapes and sizes, so I will be able to fit every food item I want into an container. By doing this I can greatly reduce them amount of plastic sandwich bags I use to a very small number or to maybe none at all.
  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

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    Mackenzie Boehlke 10/10/2018 8:45 AM
    I think my next step toward reducing my water footprint would be to limit my water usage in everything. Not only with taking showers, but with washing dishes, brushing teeth, washing hands, etc. Doing this is going to make an even bigger difference in reducing my water footprint.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles serve an important role in places for health and safety, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. Can you identify the barriers in making this a new habit? How can you set yourself up for success in making this a permanent change?

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    Mackenzie Boehlke 10/10/2018 8:39 AM
    The main barrier in this challenge is the inconvenience of a reusable bottle. When you have a reusable bottle once it is empty you have to continue to carry it around with you, while when you have a plastic water bottle you are able to just throw it away when you are finished. Another reason the are an inconvenience is because you have to keep refilling them. Yes, you can do that with a plastic bottle, but with plastic bottles you can grab 3-4 or however many you want to get you through your day, so you do not have to take time out of your day to go and refill your reusable one. To set my self up for success permanently, I simply need to stop buying packs of plastic water/juice bottles for the grocery store and use my reusable bottles.

    • Monica Martin's avatar
      Monica Martin 10/10/2018 8:44 AM
      Sounds like you have a great plan in place! There can certainly be a bit of an adjustment period. It always takes time to replace one habit with another.