October 14 - October 28, 2016

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  • Tracy Puhl 10/31/2016 11:10 AM
    Eco-challenge trash! Here’s a list of what went into the kitchen garbage over the past couple of weeks: 

    food related:
    • plastic straw
    • produce sticker
    • candy wrappers x a zillion
    • food packaging: crackers, cookies, soup, milk cap, six pack rings, half and half cap
    • takeout container and napkin
    • coffee cups x a few
    • tea wrappers x a zillion
    • tea string and staple x a zillion
    other:
    • bus pass
    • vacuum cleanings
    • adhesive backing from command strips
    • packaging from light bulbs
    • dishwasher tab wrapper x a few
    I think the biggest takeaway here is looking for less-packaged things when possible. The dishwasher tabs we had were freebies, so the next batch I bought is *not* individually packaged. 

    My personal downfall was tea bag wrappers (I know I should just get into bulk tea probably…) and candy wrappers. So I’m exploring the bulk candy section at the grocery store now! Also, my laziness definitely contributed to some of the coffee cups thrown out. Gotta remember to plan ahead, and refuse things before they’re automatically given to me (like the plastic straw the barista put in my reusable mug!)

  • Sandra Horst 10/28/2016 10:58 AM
    This  challenge helped me see that  although I have made some  progress, I  have a ton of room to grow on just the basics ...  I need to take my bags  whenever I go out. I put them in my car.

  • Deborah Hart 10/28/2016 8:29 AM
    I just completed the last day of the challenge. :) 
    All points have been accounted for.

  • Kate Hilts 10/26/2016 2:15 PM
    If only I could remember to log in every day! Turns out I'm bad at remembering that, but good at remembering to do eco-friendly things

  • Tracy Puhl 10/25/2016 9:37 AM
    Update with (durable) things I've bought during the Eco Challenge:
    • Dress *made in USA, purchased with a store credit I had.
    • 4 glass jars *for bulk bins, bought at Mirador, which carries GladRags!
    • Wooden comb *to replace my plastic comb, which I'll donate
    • House of Dreams cat calendar *100% of proceeds goes to the best cat shelter in the world! Will recycle when done.
    • Underwear - 1 pair, made locally here in Portland with organic cotton! Replacing two very old pairs I threw out recently.

  • Deborah Hart 10/19/2016 11:34 AM
    "Hello Deborah,

    Congrats! You’ve scored 50 EcoChallenge Points, which means you’re off to a great start, and you’ve earned a Chinook Book App! Download the Chinook Book app and use this code to redeem your prize:"

  • Deborah Hart 10/19/2016 6:36 AM
    New goal, remember to loginto  this each day lol

  • Deborah Hart 10/19/2016 6:17 AM
    I was away on the weekend and had no access to the net. But, still accomplished everything each day and more. I had zero screen time each day. Most of my day and night were spent out in the nature :)

    • Deborah Hart 10/19/2016 11:07 AM
      Thanks @Tracy :) I just went back and logged the actions. 

    • Tracy Puhl 10/19/2016 10:33 AM
      Yay for zero screen time! You can go back and log actions even if the day has already passed, too. I usually forget to do it the same day ;)

  • Tracy Puhl 10/17/2016 9:13 AM
    I keep forgetting to turn off my computer, oops. I am keeping track of my (non-consumable) purchases, though. My goal is to maintain my relatively minimalist house, and to plan ahead for how items I purchase will eventually leave me. I already do this pretty well with consumable items by purchasing in my own bulk containers and minimal packaging, but I wanted to focus on durable items for the eco challenge. All that said, this weekend I purchased: a craft magazine (that came with a little felt craft project) and two skeins of yarn. I figure I'll pass the magazine on to a friend when I'm done with it, and any scraps of yarn remaining can either be cat toys or brought to Village Merchant for someone else to enjoy.

  • Sandra Horst 10/14/2016 12:30 PM
    Got up to see the sun but was treated to an epic rainstorm instead ... lol!