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Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

    Estefan Fiallo's avatar
    Estefan Fiallo 5/22/2024 2:49 PM
    Just by being myself. I'm not the type of person who thinks so much about what I wear. I like people because they're nice, not because of their fashion.
    Waste Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Estefan Fiallo 5/22/2024 2:23 PM
    I thought that my community didn't accept certain plastics and glass bottles, but today I found out that they accept these now. I don't know since when, and my family has been taking glass bottles to a store that accepts them. LOL!
    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 or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? 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?

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    Estefan Fiallo 5/22/2024 2:07 PM
    I would carry things out with my hands. A good practice to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags would be using a reusable bag when shopping to put my purchased items in. I carry it with me so that I am reminded to use it.

  • Vance  Sisson's avatar
    Vance Sisson 5/10/2024 3:30 PM
    On April 30th, I drove for 3 hours and collected two separate mpg data points.

  • Trenton Schwartz's avatar
    Trenton Schwartz 5/07/2024 2:00 PM
    My ecochallenge is going well, the daily check ins have helped me exercise and be present more. I have also been extra determined to not use plastic straws since I made a commitment to reduce my contribution to plastic straw waste. The next area I want to improve is in having a longer and more consistent sleep schedule and also cut back more on how many miles I drive.
    Health Exercise Daily
    How can you incorporate other personal values (like quality time with friends or spending time in nature) into your exercise routine?

    Trenton Schwartz's avatar
    Trenton Schwartz 4/30/2024 10:48 PM
    I incorporate my friends into exercising with me. I say exercise but if the activity is something such as running, hiking, biking, or climbing, and it is something a person enjoys doing, then I don’t think it is viewed as ‘exercise’ and it instead seen as something they already enjoy and happens to also be good for them. But I have recently been more into the act of intentionally exercising by trying to improve my cardio and that has been a fun challenge in itself.
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Trenton Schwartz 4/30/2024 10:37 PM
    I focus on the experience of eating more rather than mindlessly chewing on something. When I eliminate distractions I am more present in what I am eating and how much.

  • Trenton Schwartz's avatar
    Trenton Schwartz 4/30/2024 10:24 PM
    My ecochallenge is going great!
    I’ve noticed that the act of returning to the challenges everyday has made me more mindful of myself and my relationship to the world around me. Even through something as simple as learning a new fact about food waste, or remembering a small commitment I made a week ago makes me more aware and environmentally conscious.
    It is very cool to know how many people are participating in Ecochallenge.

  • Trenton Schwartz's avatar
    Trenton Schwartz 4/29/2024 11:56 PM
    I am enrolled in a community ecochallenge through my college class. I would’ve originally been enrolled into my professors group but unfortunately I was unable to. Fortunately I can join a community group and I have been able to work on my ecochallenge action items. I think the exercises are simple yet informative and the daily actions make me consistently reflect on topics covered which makes those concepts more present in my daily life.
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Trenton Schwartz 4/29/2024 11:49 PM
    I sometimes use floss picks which have a lot of plastic for a one time use product. Instead I have been trying to use old fashioned floss string since you can get way more uses out of a roll of floss string rather than a bag of floss picks.