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  • 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?

    Mary Beth Sinniger 1/24/2020 5:17 AM
    I recycle all plastic store bags.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

    Kris Hendrick Roesler 11/02/2019 12:37 PM
    This past spring instead of planting flowers I put in herbs. I have enjoyed the convenience of having them just outside the house. Not having to run to the store I used them more often. With the frost here I made my last harvest and dried them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Meditate
    What would you like to invest more time in reflecting on?

    Savannah Kroeger 10/08/2019 4:36 PM
    I would like to spend more time reflecting on the positive aspects of my day, and my progress that I have made since the beginning of the semester.  By finding time to focus on that which is positive, I allow my mind to be put at ease and recognize that I am learning and growing at my own pace - I am exactly where I need to be at this point in the game and I know that I will continue to grow.
  • 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?

    Silvana Richardson 10/04/2019 2:43 PM
    Eating meat uses far more resources than eating a plant based diet!
  • 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 idea?

    Silvana Richardson 10/04/2019 2:43 PM
    I agree that it is better to care for own's health than to pay for on'es subsequent ill health

  • Thomas Dostal 6/19/2019 6:00 PM
    Mowed less of my yard to let it grow back to its it's original state 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Recycle Everything I Can
    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?

    Mary Beth Sinniger 6/11/2019 4:53 AM
    We go to the dump to dispose of our garbage and recyclables.  There are multiple things to recycle and i am now very anal about making sure my family recycles everything we can.  I am much more observant of others who don't recycle.
  • 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?

    Chad Gilbeck 5/16/2019 6:38 AM
    I use a stainless steel water bottle that I refill.  I don't use plastic at all. 
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How do your eating experiences differ when practicing mindfulness?

    Laura Weidemann 4/11/2019 9:14 AM
    Eating with distractions like the television causes me to eat more than I need and does not make me feel satiated. Eating mindfully helps me to focus on completely chewing food and digestion.
  • Reflection Question
    Health More Fruits and Veggies
    How does eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat positively affect yourself, other people, and our planet?

    Laura Weidemann 4/11/2019 9:10 AM
    Eating a more plant-based diet reduces the greenhouse gas emissions and water expenditure of industrialized agriculture. We can all benefit from eating more plants.