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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Lauren Darcey

The Eddy

"Save the world."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 674 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    34
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    18
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    54
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    80
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    34
    miles
    traveled by foot

Lauren's Actions

Simplicity

Have a Garage Sale

I will have a group garage sale with friends, family, and/or neighbors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 2 meal(s) each day from local producers.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 2 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to 1.07 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Join a Local CSA

I will sign up for a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and meat from a local farmers market or food co-op.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Lauren Darcey 10/03/2018 4:41 PM
    I FINALLY found a place to recycle corks. They just started in Boston at Whole Foods. Now I put my corks in my reusable bags and can recycle them when I shop there.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Join a Local CSA
    Dependable fresh food, better prices (cutting out carbon-heavy supply chain and grocery stores), supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these benefits (or others not listed here) inspire you the most?

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    Lauren Darcey 10/03/2018 4:39 PM
    One of the things I love about our CSA is how little we waste. We got a full share, we pick it up two blocks away at the local health clinic, and we can leave any veggies or fruits we don't need for the week on heavy weeks and they call food insecure familes to share the extra produce. So we get the larger share, but we also give to the community and help others eat local and support local farmers.

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    Lauren Darcey 10/03/2018 4:26 PM
    Hi! Looking forward to this challenge. Our family is super pumped to do this!
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Walk Instead
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Do you feel that this fact applies to you? If so, how might you incorporate more muscle-powered transportation in your daily life?

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    Lauren Darcey 10/03/2018 4:24 PM
    Walking to and from school each day is so much better than driving 10 miles to/from school twice a day. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Avoid refined sugar
    Before you started this challenge, did you think you were 'addicted' to sugar? How do you feel now?

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    Lauren Darcey 10/03/2018 4:23 PM
    I've always been pretty good with sugar avoidance, but I feel better with less.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than in other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

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    Lauren Darcey 10/03/2018 4:22 PM
    The American diet has often favored hunter over gatherer. The beef industry and western ranch lore (buffalo) is tied to our national identity. But the methane and pollution caused by the cattle industry is really, really bad. I just don't know how you make soy products as sexy as a slab of steak, to be honest. Meatless Mondays works. Making other proteins affordable and tasty and teaching everyone how to cook them well (I always ruin tofu) would help.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Organic Ingredients
    Can organic farming feed the world? Which side of the argument do you fall on? Why?

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    Lauren Darcey 10/03/2018 4:17 PM
    I'd like to start with FARMING can actually feed the world. We have so much waste and so much hunger. Sustainable farming is central to our future on this planet, and we should do our best to make sure we continue to progress towards healthy farming principles like organic/low pesticide/water-conscious practices.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Locally-Sourced Meals
    If you were to only eat what is in season locally, what would be the hardest for you to give up?

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    Lauren Darcey 10/03/2018 4:15 PM
    Avocados. Avocados. Avocados. 

    Also, because our growing seasons are so short here, we would have to eat canned and frozen food much of the time or greatly increase our greenhouse abilities. Like Iceland!