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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Heidi Copko

HP Vancouver, WA

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 324 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    14
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    30
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Heidi's Actions

Nature

Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a 15-minute walk outside each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Exercise Daily

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 20 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 3 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

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    Heidi Copko 10/23/2018 9:18 AM

    My husband and I just moved into an apartment, so we don't have a ton of room to garden. However, I've had my eye on the patio as a potential spot! I can't wait to grow flowers from hanging baskets this spring. In some ways, the smaller space makes the task much less daunting. You can spruce up the whole space will just 2-3 baskets, which is great for a beginner like me!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that "it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor." What are your thoughts on this?

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    Heidi Copko 10/18/2018 8:56 AM
    I feel so much better when I avoid processed foods! My husband and I had been really good about avoiding processed foods for years, but then went back to them a few months back. I quickly noticed a difference in how I felt. Thankfully, that phase didn't last long! I could definitely see how relying on processed foods long term would negatively impact our health.
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Go for a Daily Walk
    How do you experience your neighborhood or city differently when walking instead of driving?

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    Heidi Copko 10/17/2018 2:08 PM
    Walking through my neighborhood allows me to experience the beauty of my surroundings. I've loved the fall colors lately! I grew up in an area where we really didn't get a fall. I've really enjoyed walking under the red and yellow canopies lining the local sidewalks.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Heidi Copko 10/17/2018 2:06 PM
    I'm trying to learn how to "reduce" in a small way through this challenge. I never thought much about grabbing a plastic coffee stirrer every time I got a cup of coffee at work--sometimes two or three times a day. But then I start thinking, "Is this really necessary? Or am I wasting resources?" It's easy to just reverse the order of adding milk and then coffee so no stirrer is needed at all! I believe we should be good stewards of the resources we've been given. This challenge has helped me start being a little more mindful in small, daily decisions.

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    Heidi Copko 10/03/2018 1:06 PM
    Looking forward to the eco challenge this year. It's always fun going through the list of daily challenges and picking out which ones to try!

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      James Riddle 10/16/2018 10:27 AM
      Hope you're enjoying the EcoChallenge so far... Only about 1 week left! :)