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Megan Clynes

Sustainability in Action

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  • 20 This Week
  • 575 Total

Challenges

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Go Organic

I will choose organic as often as possible to reduce exposure to pesticides, which are unhealthy for me as well as the planet.

COMPLETED 2 OF 107
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Support Pollution Reduction

I will learn about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

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Cut Out Harmful Self-Care Products

I will check labels on my shampoo, lotions and/or beauty products. I'll replace products that use known carcinogens such as formaldehyde, cocamide diethanolamine, DMDM hydantoin or benzene.

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Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

I will cut out or reduce all artificial sweeteners in my diet, especially acesulfame potassium, aspartame, sucralose and saccharin - all which can decrease human health and pollute our waterways.

COMPLETED 2 OF 107
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Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 30 minute(s) per day for two weeks.

COMPLETED 1 OF 107
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Eat Mindfully

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

COMPLETED 8 OF 107
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Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk each day.

COMPLETED 8 OF 107
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Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 8 OF 107
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Track my Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases.

COMPLETED 8 OF 107
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Zero-Waste Meals

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero waste each day.

COMPLETED 7 OF 107
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Ditch Microbeads

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

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Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

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Volunteer in my Community/on Campus

I will volunteer 6 hour(s) in my community or on campus.

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Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

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Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers for my lunches at work or school.

COMPLETED 8 OF 107
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Register to Vote

I will register to vote with my state or local election office.

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Register to Vote

I will register to vote with my state or local election office.

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Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 7 OF 107
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Reduce Dining Hall Waste

I will carefully fill my plate in the dining hall and take only what I can eat. I'll also inquire about ways to improve composting and use of recyclable foodware.

COMPLETED 8 OF 107
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Reduce Food Packaging

I will only purchase bulk food items and avoid all single-package items.

COMPLETED 8 OF 107
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Reduce Unwanted Mail

I will reduce the amount of unwanted mail I receive (catalogs, phone books, etc.).

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Avoid Disposables

I will not use any disposable plates, cups, or cutlery.

COMPLETED 8 OF 107
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Recycle Everything I Can

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 3 OF 107
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  • Megan Clynes 9/21/2017 2:36 PM
    Something that I've started doing is tracking my purchases. I've been tracking how much gas, food, coffee, etc. that I have been buying. Not only has this activity made me more mindful of what I am spending my money on, it is also showing me how much I spend and is even helping to stop me from spending frivolously.

    • Harry Watkins 9/22/2017 12:11 PM
      This is a really powerful discipline, Megan!  It will help you save money, consume less, waste less, live more simply. Thanks for your example!

  • Megan Clynes 9/12/2017 8:30 AM
    Something that I love about this challenge is how practical it is. It's so simple to just bring your own reusable mug to a coffee shop and use that instead of having to use a plastic cup that will end up in the garbage. And it's contagious, since I've started bringing my own mug, my friends have as well!!

    • I agree Megan! There are so many small simple actions you can take that add up to real change. Great change converting your friends! :)
  • Megan Clynes 9/10/2017 9:14 PM
    Something that I tried to be conscious of this week was the waste that my food created. I always thought that I was relatively conscious of the waste that I left however when I decided that I was not going to buy anything that was packaged individually and only buy in bulk instead, I realized how hard it is to do and how easy it can be to absent-mindedly use more more more. To try to cut down on my unnecessary waste, I always kept a reusable mug with me so that I'd never be given a plastic cup and when I needed food, I cooked for myself instead of going out and buying something that would lead to more trash. While it took some extra thought, I'd like to incorporate this practice all the time!  

    • Harry Watkins 9/11/2017 1:03 PM
      I find that Sprouts has a very good bulk section. My only gripe is that it isn't organic. The only grocery stores I know that do organic bulk are Whole Foods, and the Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market.

    • Madison Elick 9/10/2017 11:42 PM
      You go girl! Buying in bulk instead of individually packaged groceries must be tough. Do you have any tips on what grocery stores to go to?