Emma Findeisen

big chillin

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 648 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    36
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    36
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    15
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,260
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • up to
    135
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Health

Happiness

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend 15 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY CHALLENGES

Health

Healthy Sleep

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 60 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

Simplicity

Track my Purchases

I will spend 15 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY CHALLENGES

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

    Emma Findeisen 11/27/2018 9:21 AM
    I already used reusable water bottles before this challenge but I've found myself being more aware of how much I use it. I have also started to go out of my way to stop using single use water bottles.  
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Track my Purchases
    What have you noticed about your purchases? Where are you inclined to make shifts, if any?

    Emma Findeisen 11/27/2018 9:18 AM
    By tracking my purchases every day I can plan how much I am allowing myself to spend and allowing myself to save more money for the future 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Compost Food Waste
    New to composting? Be sure to check out the action resource links to learn tips and more about it. As you transition from throwing food away to composting, what do you notice about how much you are tossing? How will you use your compost once it is ready?

    Emma Findeisen 11/27/2018 9:17 AM
    I've been composting at home for most of my life, but when I got to college I did not have access to a compost bin. I joined the compost club this year and I have started composting again and helping others learn how to compost 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

    Emma Findeisen 11/27/2018 9:15 AM
    By making my own tea and other hot drinks at home I can save money by not purchasing it from a store. I also use my own reusable mugs which reduces my single use cup usage. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

    Emma Findeisen 11/27/2018 9:14 AM
    I always find myself needing a bag at the grocery store and other stores such as target or Walmart. I've started to keep a small reusable bag in my purse so when I do go out shopping out of the blue I have a bag. When I only make a small purchase I just carry my purchases out by hand. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Emma Findeisen 11/27/2018 9:11 AM
    With all the stress of college I've found it hard to stay happy and spend time on my own mental health. By just writing down three things I'm grateful for every  day I can stay more motivated.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home
    To what extent do you believe that environmental factors contribute to your own health or issues with health?

    Emma Findeisen 11/27/2018 9:10 AM
    I started doing research on the cleaning products I already use in my dorm. I found that many contain harmful toxins and are not sustainable produced. I started to research better alternatives to my cleaning supplies. I found many companies that are trying to become more sustainable and non toxic but I've only found a few that are actually sustainable. I've purchased a few different sustainable cleaning chemicals such as new laundry detergent, disinfecting wipes, and stain remover. 
  • Reflection Question
    Health Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

    Emma Findeisen 11/27/2018 9:06 AM
    on average I only get about six hours of sleep. by doing this challenge I have been able to fall asleep sooner and wake up earlier. this allows for me to get more work done during the day. by getting more sleep ive also been able to stay awake and pay attention in class. I've found that if I get all my homework done before dinner and have the rest of my evening to relax and recuperate that I can fall asleep sooner and have more time to sleep. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Emma Findeisen 11/09/2018 7:51 AM
    I enjoy having plants in my dorm. They brighten up the room and help me relax during stressful homework sessions. When I add to my little garden I use old bottles and containers from various food products and other packaging. This is an example of reuse of single use plastics and I'm repurposing them to hold plants that will help with my indoor air quality as well. During the holidays I enjoy decorating my door and room. when I decorate I do not purchase pre made decorations. I use old scraps of paper and cardboard to create my decorations. This saves energy and money and I also find it to be a great stress reliever. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

    Emma Findeisen 11/09/2018 7:42 AM
    To stop myself from accumulating more items in my small dorm room I can start to limit what I buy. Before I go shopping every week I make a very precise list of all the items I need. When I actually go shopping I follow my list and do my best not to look at other items. When I feel tempted to purchase these unneeded items I start to remind myself about how much water and energy it took to make any of the items and I'm reminded that I dont need them and that I'll save energy if I do not buy them. I feel this is a good way for me to save money as well as energy in my daily life. To stay decluttered I also remind myself how small my dorm is and that I simply dont have room for many things.