Victoria Lovato

PLNU Sustainable Superstars SP 2020

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,288 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    50
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    168
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1,305
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    50
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    32
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    84
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    116
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,140
    minutes
    not spent in front of a screen

Challenges

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once each day reducing my daily use by 60 minute(s)

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Simplicity

Needs Vs. Wants

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

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Simplicity

Eat Mindfully

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

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Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

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Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Waste

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper each day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided at work or school.

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Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

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

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Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

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Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

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

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Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 6 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

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Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 4 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

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DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Limit Social Media
    Social media can keep us connected with loved ones, make us laugh, and help us to learn new things. It can also take more time than we realize or intend to give. After doing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

    Victoria Lovato 3/02/2020 1:29 PM
    So far I've loved cutting my social media down. On my iPhone it calculates a weekly chart of how much screentime you had that week. It notifies you on the average if your screentime went up or down and personally I love that. After doing this challenge my daily average has been down by 2 hours each day meaning in one week I've eliminated 14 hours of screentime. The majority of my screentime is on social media and I do love seeing everyone's post but I noticed I tend to do that when I'm bored. So instead ive read more, studied or have found another thing to occupy my time with, because usually I only have a short window anyways. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Needs Vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity?

    Victoria Lovato 3/02/2020 1:24 PM
    It is important to have creative practices because it gives an opportunity to enjoy more of what you're doing. It can also give you different perspectives to look at things and allows you to adapt better. We can deliver our solutions more simplistic rather than complex, that can maybe work better in the end. If we have a good way at approaching problems finding a creative way to go about it , can not create a less stressful environment but can also get you or your group motivated to get the work done without it feeling complex or a drag. 

  • Victoria Lovato 2/12/2020 1:56 PM
    This week has been crazy! Already the exams are rolling in. So far I've had 2 exams out of 4 for this week. I am continuing to try and take that extra 30 min to be distraction free and so far it has helped me breathe! and take a step back for a minute. 

  • Victoria Lovato 2/03/2020 9:43 AM
    One more thing, as we were at the beach we noticed trash laying around and It wasn't much but we all pitched in to pick up as much trash that we could fit into a trader joes brown paper bag. We did that as we walked to the spot we were going to be for the day and as we walked back to the curb. We all felt like even though it wasn't a full beach clean up, we all did our parts to ensure that the trash we picked up didn't end up in the ocean that was right in front of us.

  • Victoria Lovato 2/03/2020 9:37 AM
    Feeling really excited to start this month right! Over the weekend I was able to enjoy the beautiful weather we had by going to the beach and soaking in the sun! Instead of driving to the beach I rode my bike with a few friends. Feeling the cool breeze and smelling the ocean breeze which is one of my favorites scents of all time! These are the weekends that I live for. I don't get them often so when I do get a weekend to enjoy myself I take in every minute! 

  • Victoria Lovato 1/29/2020 4:26 PM
    So far I have enjoyed all my daily challenges. I love seeing my impact that I am making just my small contributions and Im able to share these experiences and efforts with friends and they are now joining me in some of the daily challenges. 

  • Victoria Lovato 1/27/2020 1:12 PM
    So far I've loved my daily challenges. Especially when I log into here and see just my contribution alone, what difference that is making.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

    Victoria Lovato 1/25/2020 7:56 PM
    When I was able to put my phone down and be present in the moment I felt so at peace. I was able to have a moment of serenity and really enjoy my time. Having the beautiful ocean view and being able to hear the sound it felt like a time of meditation. I felt very relaxed, like all my worries and stresses had gone away for that moment. In comparison to when I usually use my phone simultaneously, I feel like my time flies and not in the best way. It feels at times like I wasted my time on my phone rather than eating. I definitely enjoyed being off my phone and taking in that moment. This is something I am going to try do daily. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our planet and other people?

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 1:44 PM
    Filet Mignon for example is a pretty expensive meat to buy or order at a restaurant. So there for is someone orders a filet mignon steak they must have some extra money to spend. Aside from the fancier meats, the US is looked upon to the largest country that consumes meat. We do it because of the convenience factor. It is right there at the store and if one is buying the conventional meat the price will be cheaper. 
    The more meat we eat the more contribution we give to greenhouse gases, water and crops use. If we buy locally we can have a positive contribution to those businesses and hopefully they can outrun and outshine the competitors. 

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Victoria Lovato 1/21/2020 1:31 PM
    I bought my own set of reusable straws and I love them. It even came with a brush cleaner. I love smoothies and iced coffees, so to drink them on the go I have to use a straw. The amount of plastic straws that I was using monthly was ridiculous. I even thought you know how grocery stores charge 10 cents per bag imagine if straws were also being charged, which led me the wastefulness of the plastic straws and I bought reusable ones. 
    I reuse all my bags. I bought a bunch of reusable bags from trader joes so every time I go grocery shopping I don't have to buy plastic or paper bags.