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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Peggy La Point

KINK programming

"I want to pick up one good Green habit this EcoChallenge and work to get KINK listed as a Sustainable Business with the City of Portland."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 958 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    44
    miles
    not traveled by car
  • up to
    44
    miles
    traveled by foot
  • up to
    53
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    300
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning

Peggy's Actions

Health

Go get a check up

I will make an appointment for my annual physical.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Less Screen Time

I will replace 15 minute(s) of screen time each day with other activities.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics - including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl - and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Walk Instead

I will walk 4 mile(s) each day instead of driving and avoid sending up to (___) lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Carry my Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Create Your Own Action

Getting Alpha Media-Portland on the path to green certification

I will start the process of getting Alpha Media - Portland on the path to become a certified business through the City of Portland.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Peggy La Point 10/24/2018 4:58 PM
    Putting something in the garbage one at a time doesn`t have as big of an impact as seeing three works worth sitting in front of you. It makes you re-evaluate your purchases and where you can cut waste. I don`t think much about buying a box of individually wrapped tea bags, but when you look at 14 tea bag sleeves, it`s more thought-provoking.

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      Anthony Yeznach 10/24/2018 7:21 PM
      Let's work on the tea. There are compostable empty tea.bags available that you.can put loose tea.into. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and in general, fantastic.

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    Peggy La Point 10/24/2018 4:55 PM
    As some of you know, I`ve been carrying my garbage with me each day and then collecting it in a bag. My final challenge was to do a waste audit. So here`s a photo of all of the waste I collected over 3 weeks. The stuff in the upper left are banners and tent awnings, and they actually come from KINK and Live 95. The rest is mostly packaging from food. I did buy a Hop Pass shortly into the challenge but another piece of waste I need to focus on are the holders from my individual tea bags. I haven`t liked most loose tea that I`ve tried but I need to try a few more...that`s a goal for me over the next 6 months (when my current tea supply runs out)

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    Peggy La Point 10/24/2018 3:05 PM
    Don`t forget to check in by 11:59 tonight with your check ins!  You guys rocked this challenge!

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    Peggy La Point 10/23/2018 10:34 AM
    CORRECTION!  Wednesday is the final full day of the EcoChallenge!  I misspoke last night.  Keep taking on your challenges and checking in!

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    Peggy La Point 10/22/2018 9:06 PM
    Tomorrow is the last day of the EcoChallenge. If you missed a check in, you can go back and log that day.

    Did you know that out of 835 teams, we are #59! 

    I will award prizes for:
     1) most points 
    2) randomly from everyone that has at least 5 check ins

    Prizes are - 1 bottle of red wine vinegar ala Antman and 3 reusable snack bags.

    Thanks to all of you for joining the team and being so enthusiastic about trying new ways to be more sustainable!

    Peggy

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    Peggy La Point 10/19/2018 5:29 PM
    We’re in the home stretch and I’ve got two more prizes to give out. 
    One bottle of red wine vinegar (made by Anthony...aka Antman) and 3 reusable snack bags will go to the person with the highest points at the end of the EcoChallenge. The other bottle of red wine vinegar and set of 3 snack bags will go to someone who has had at least 5 check ins throughout the challenge. Good luck!

    • Anthony Yeznach's avatar
      Anthony Yeznach 10/19/2018 11:23 PM
      For those of you in the running, and those not, here's what the red wine vinegar is all about:

      In the spirit of the challenge, this is re-purposed red wine, packaged in re-cycled wine bottles, and corked with a single-use cork that is produced from renewable resources.

      Specific details: The starting blend of wine for this year's vinegar is 60 Malbec/40 Cabernet Sauvignon. It is NOT diluted as most commercial red wine vinegar is.  It is NOT fermented hot, so like most hand, home or boutique red wine vinegars it retains all the floral fragrance (esters) that the aceto bacter put into it. It ferments for a year in a glass fermenter and is then tapped off and bottled.  The same fermenter, with a substantial heel of the vinegar, is refilled and used for the next year's batch.  The same way vinegar has been made in rural Italy for centuries.

      It is strong and floral.  It is fantastic on salads. It is great in cooking, for example when making ratatouille or caponata.  If you find it too strong, dilute it slightly with good water.

      Ciao, bella!

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    Peggy La Point 10/19/2018 12:48 PM
    I'm pretty sure that the weather played a huge part in my being able to walk/bike 10 out of 14 work days so far this challenge. The rain coming Tuesday will not stop me though :)

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    Peggy La Point 10/18/2018 6:29 PM
    Inspiration as we kick off week 3!

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    Peggy La Point 10/17/2018 2:49 PM
    My attempt at a grapevine sphere..it`s not quite circular but it will do. This is how I spent my (more than) 15 minutes off electronics.

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    Peggy La Point 10/17/2018 12:47 PM
    Woke up w/a migraine and sluggish, so I ended up driving to work because I had to be there at 8a. I decided to make the best of it and do a couple of errands on the way home. Once I got home, I decided it was too nice to go in the basement and sew, so I`ve been outside cutting back my grapevines and trying to make something out of them. I still have my migraine, but at least I`m enjoying the beautiful day.