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  • Maura Phillips's avatar
    Maura Phillips 10/25/2022 3:42 PM
    now that the challenge is complete, I feel like I can work each of these things into my daily life moving forward. it became unconscious to turn out the lights when I'm not using them, which was a struggle before. 
  • Reflection Question
    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?

    Sarah Dollak's avatar
    Sarah Dollak 10/25/2022 11:14 AM
    I use single use items: plastic bags (but I reuse them for trash or other things), vegetable bags at home. I could use my metal straw instead, bring my own grocery bags, and use reusable veggie bags. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Drive Less
    How has your access to various kinds of transportation throughout your life influenced your current attitudes about transportation and your transportation behavior?

    Erik Voneiff's avatar
    Erik Voneiff 10/24/2022 8:34 PM
    Using more environmentally friendly options to get around I have found out is better for your physical health and saves you money in the long run.
  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

    Erik Voneiff's avatar
    Erik Voneiff 10/24/2022 8:32 PM
    Invest the money over time and put it into the stock market.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Sarah Dollak's avatar
    Sarah Dollak 10/24/2022 10:51 AM
    I can incorporate the other R's into my lifestyle by taking into consideration the order, and that is first to reduce what you use. That's why this was so important because it's refusing to use straws in the first place, instead of just recycling them. I can use the other ones with the amount of plastic I use in the first place. 
  • 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 create echo chambers and take more time than we realize or intend to give. After completing this action for a few days, how do you feel? What do you notice?

    Sarah Dollak's avatar
    Sarah Dollak 10/24/2022 10:49 AM
    I feel that I feel more connected with myself, rather than attached to my phone. It's nice being more present with those and what's going on around me. I notice that I am more attentive, and not craving my phone as much. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

    Lily Rosenau's avatar
    Lily Rosenau 10/24/2022 10:35 AM
    Throughout the research and sources I looked at and read and saw, its very vital especially now to take extra care and protect these species. Pollinaters thought the entire world are taking a very steep decline which then effects many producers which then lead to decline of many species that are vital to our survival of plants. One of the biggest examples of this is in honey bees and the effect that they then have on almond production, which is a lot. So when we don't care for the pollinators, or the things that they need to live, were messing up the biological makeup of the earth and how its supposed to work, which is a severe thing that needs to be fixed quickly. 

  • Dawson VanHandel's avatar
    Dawson VanHandel 10/23/2022 7:40 PM
    I went for a lively and long walk in the nice 70 degree weather.
  • 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?

    Gabriel Czlapinski's avatar
    Gabriel Czlapinski 10/22/2022 8:07 PM
     One barrier that is present in specific regions is water quality. To combat this, I believe water filters, such as Brita, can be used to minimise pollutants in drinking water and allow for less plastic bottles being put into landfills and the ecosystem. 
  • 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?

    Gabriel Czlapinski's avatar
    Gabriel Czlapinski 10/22/2022 7:52 PM
    One challenge I run into often is the concept of ordering coffee from a store. Due to the COVID pandemic, most places will not allow you to have your drink made in a reusable mug and will only make your beverage in a disposable cup. To combat this, I make my own coffee at home more often than not. Overall, I feel better that because of my commitment to making sure I have time in the mornings to make my own coffee allows me to put less plastic waste into the ecosystem.