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October 3 - October 24, 2018

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  • 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?

    Chris Mejia's avatar
    Chris Mejia 10/22/2018 12:27 PM
    Most likely culture!  American are raised on beef and its ingrained in us from babies...

  • Lilly Meek's avatar
    Lilly Meek 10/21/2018 3:43 PM
    Saying no to straws is still going strong. I think I will never use another straw in my life ever again to be honest with you. 

  • Lilly Meek's avatar
    Lilly Meek 10/21/2018 3:42 PM
    I actually like these 10 min walks.

  • Lilly Meek's avatar
    Lilly Meek 10/21/2018 3:41 PM
    Just finished saving energy by switching to cold water!
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! In what other ways can you exercise your civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

    Ariel Watanabe's avatar
    Ariel Watanabe 10/17/2018 10:25 AM
    I walk pretty much everywhere that I go which reduces carbon emissions. I also don't eat meat/animal products which helps protect the environment, animals, and reduce carbon emissions. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    Bringing your own bags and containers to the grocery store, and even to restaurants for leftovers, are a couple of ways to reduce your waste. What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Fallon Harris's avatar
    Fallon Harris 10/15/2018 5:22 PM
    This year I have focused on reducing my use of single use items by stashing grocery bags in my back pack and car, meal prepping and bringing real silverware and a cloth napkin, saying no to the straw, and only getting a coffee if I have a reusable cup with me. I could be better about actually bringing the reusable grocery bag in and using it. I will challenge myself to either carry my items or go out and get my bags before checking out if I forgot them in the car. 
    I love the idea of bringing your own containers for leftovers from restaurants! I did that while traveling in Cambodia a couple years ago but then didn't bring the habit back home. I will place a reusable to-go container in my car for these situations. 

  • Karsen Buck's avatar
    Karsen Buck 10/10/2018 4:10 PM
    Recycling things I've learned: Most people call "tin cans," but the containers your green beans come in are mostly made of steel.  Americans use about 100 million steel cans every day. That's 36.5 billion cans a year. About 71% of steel cans are recycled, making them one of the most recycled packaging products in America.

  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

    Fallon Harris's avatar
    Fallon Harris 10/10/2018 8:45 AM
    I think that creativity plays a role in practicing simplicity because you have to think outside of the box to make what you do have work. I grew up very poor and my mom was always very good about this, especially when it came to meals. She created great meals out of very little.
    I think that creativity also plays part in challenging the instant gratification mindset that many American's have by asking us to slow-down and think, envision, dream before rushing to the store. 
  • 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?

    Fallon Harris's avatar
    Fallon Harris 10/10/2018 8:36 AM
    I love shopping at the farmers market or local farm stands. But these options are not available during winter and early spring (October - April/May). To combat this challenge, I stock up on things that store well like winter squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, and dried goods such as dried beans and oats. I also try to preserve as much of the fresh harvest as possible. Canned tomatoes and fruits are a must! Right now, I have been going out on the weekends to forage for wild mushrooms, which I sauté and freeze. 

  • Karsen Buck's avatar
    Karsen Buck 10/09/2018 9:39 AM
    My challenges are going well and I believe I will be able to continue them after the challenge.  However, I am having difficulty at work recycling everything I can. For example, we do not compost and we use a lot of paper towels because we work in the food business so I wash my hands constantly. Should I ask if we could hang a towel up or could that potentially cause other problems? 

    • Fallon Harris's avatar
      Fallon Harris 10/10/2018 8:50 AM
      Change at the workplace can be challenging, but isn't impossible. There's no harm in asking about hanging up a washable towel or bringing up the topic of how to reduce waste with your manager. The worst that could happen is you are told no. But even then, at least you have planted a little seed and brought some awareness to the issue.