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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Shirley Buchan

Comox Valley Unitarians, Comox United Church & Friends

"Like a snake shedding its old skin, it is my intent to shed habits & patterns that no longer serve me or life. It is my mission to connect with others who believe in the interconnection of all life and the power of love. "


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participant impact

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    locally sourced meals
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    meatless or vegan meals

Shirley's actions


Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 25 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.



Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family and/or colleagues.



Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.



Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.


Participant Feed

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?

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    Shirley Buchan 4/23/2019 7:47 PM
    Yesterday I used public transit instead of asking a friend to drive me to and from choir practice in Courtenay.   Now I know how, I can do this any time I need to be in Courtenay

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    Shirley Buchan 4/18/2019 9:26 PM
    Today I started to save water from veggie washing to water my new wee garden.

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      Juliana Leahy 4/22/2019 10:09 AM
      I know, saving the water that runs while doing many things in the sink really shows how much gets wasted!!!  We are running out of buckets.....We've using the water for toilet all adds up! What an eye opener!!!

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    Shirley Buchan 4/18/2019 11:18 AM
    Next Sunday I'm taking all the clothing I haven't worn for 2 years to Unity Church to be donated to Too Good to be  Threw.   The actions I am taking are small but knowing we are in this challenge together is motivating me to pay attention to how I show up in the world.   Thank you everyone.

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    Shirley Buchan 4/18/2019 11:14 AM
    Yesterday I asked my landlady for a small garden plot on the property where I could grow veggies.

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    Shirley Buchan 4/08/2019 2:22 PM
    Does anyone on the team know how to dispose of old polyester clothing items that are no longer wearable ?

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      Wendy McNiven 4/10/2019 4:12 PM
      Polyester doesn't make good rags for painting - it doesn't absorb well.  But maybe for other kinds of clean-up? I don't actually know otherwise.

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      Kasia Stepien 4/08/2019 9:56 PM
      You can donate them to large thrift store chains (e.g. good will, value village) marked as rags, and they will get repurposed as rags for auto shops, etc.

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    Shirley Buchan 4/08/2019 2:21 PM
    Today I made a start on the daunting task of  reducing my use of plastics.  I will consult with other members of the team to learn what they are doing.  I have begun to replace all my plastic storage containers with glass but need to know how to dispose of the plastic containers they are replacing.  I would also appreciate information on the availability of and means of disposing of bioplastics in our area.

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      Kasia Stepien 4/08/2019 10:07 PM
      The destination for your storage containers will depend on the type of plastic. Do they have a number marked on them? (Usually a number between 1 and 7). If there is no number, this means the material type is unidentifiable, and donating or garbage are the only options.

      Here are a couple useful places that you can find out what you can recycle in your area:

      BC Recycling hotline:
      British Columbia Toll Free: | 1-800-667-4321
      Email: | hotline(at)


      Recycle BC:

      I'd also be happy to go through your plastics with you next time I'm over, and we can make a trip to the recycling depot!
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

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    Shirley Buchan 4/08/2019 1:25 PM
    I think it may have something to do with the superiority we North Americans feel over other species due to the Judeo Christian acceptance that it is our God given  right to have dominion over the "lesser" forms of life.   Many of us on this continent have a sense of entitlement and will use whatever resources are available without giving a thought to the high percentage of people worldwide who don't have even the basic necessities.   In the pursuit of individualism,   we have lost our connection with the web of life.  

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    Shirley Buchan 4/08/2019 1:10 PM
    I was encouraged at the Unitarian potluck dinner last night by conversations with two women who have experience growing their own food as I have in the past.  Now I have no opportunity to do that and am finding it difficult to access local food year round.   One of the women has land.  We began to explore the idea of sharing the work of planting, care and harvesting on her land. 

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    Shirley Buchan 4/08/2019 1:04 PM
    I have chosen to give up red meat for the duration of the challenge and perhaps for the rest of my life.   I spent 4 years on my life in  family 70's farming, raising our own livestock.  When I returned to the city I couldn't imagine eating factory farmed meat because of the way the animals were raised and slaughtered.  Finding farmers here in Comox Valley who raise animals humanely, I began once again to eat some red meet.  Now I have an additional reason for letting go of that habit.  Large animals,  especially cattle, are contributing to the degradation of our environment.  If I were farming today I would not be raising cattle.

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    Shirley Buchan 4/06/2019 7:03 PM
    Since I don't own a car,  I rely on other people to transport me to places too far for me to walk.   I will experiment for the duration of the challenge with using the bus system instead of asking friends to drive me.