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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Crafty Cat


"Roses are Red Violets are Blue You make the world better By just being you"


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    meatless or vegan meals

Crafty's actions


Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.



Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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


Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.



Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

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



Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.


Participant Feed

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

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    Crafty Cat 4/10/2019 6:57 PM
    I haven't had everything I throw away on my list of wasted food because it was either a very little amount like a crumb or I gave it to someone else and I didn't know if they threw it out or not. I try my best to reduce the amount of food I throw out by taking smaller portions. I didn't notice how little waste I actually threw out over the past few days, I thought it would be a lot more. But if these are the big parts of food I have wasted than I believe I have done a pretty good job.

    Daily Food Log
    Food wasted:

    - Water melon rine
    - Chicken
    - Potato
    - Cheese
    - Apple cores
    - water melon seeds
    - carrot peels and ends

    There are probably a few more I missed in my list but I still think I did pretty well.

    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Crafty Cat 4/07/2019 1:36 PM
    As someone who does art crafts, I like to reuse paper towel rolls, cardboard from pizza boxes, broken items or even parts of food that won't go bad such as a coconut shell. It's really fun to give these items another purpose. 

    • Andrea Stephens's avatar
      Andrea Stephens 4/08/2019 3:19 PM
      This is a great answer to this question - REpurposing for ART! 
      It creates beauty and helps us REimagine our Waste! 
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of eating smaller portions?

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    Crafty Cat 4/07/2019 1:33 PM
    You won't stuff yourself and you can eat all the food on your plate and not just some. Also with me I tend to eat one part of my meal at a time so if I fill up on one then I can't eat the others.
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Crafty Cat 4/06/2019 7:14 PM
    Not very hard considering I've already had a pretty eco-friendly diet. Though now I have to check to make sure the cocoa I use doesn't cause deforestation

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    Crafty Cat 4/03/2019 7:09 PM
    Did you know Cadbury cocoa company still refuses to accept global deforestation-free policies! This includes FRY'S Cocoa, Dairy Milk, Cadbury chocolate, Crunchie and many more!
    Check out this link to find out more.
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Crafty Cat 3/30/2019 8:33 AM
    I would rather use this $1,500 to get locally grown food. Or I would get all the supplies needed to make my own garden, or potentially my own little green house.

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      Tara Stephens 4/06/2019 9:57 PM
      Are you saying you are going to plant a veggie garden this summer Zo?!!!! Wooohoooo!
    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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    Crafty Cat 3/30/2019 8:29 AM
    Many North Americans have grown up eating meat which subsequently makes them eat more and their children eating it as well. Also we farm more meat here than many other continents with all the land and developing we have here. North Americans eat way more meat than we need to, I think that most of them don't really know the problems they are causing. If everyone in this world was educated how eating lots of meat causes pollution, then they would probably be eating less meat. Most North Americans enjoy eating meat, so much, that they incorporate it into their everyday lives, but if they could just skip one or two days of meat, it could make a huge impact.

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    Crafty Cat 3/29/2019 8:09 PM
    I joined this challenge because my mom recommended it to me. I believe this is great how we all come together to pretty much do school outside of school. But in the greatest way possible. Helping our world change just by the small little things we do

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    Crafty Cat 3/29/2019 7:52 PM
    Also don't forget!!!! Tomorrow is earth hour so make sure to turn off all your lights, wifi, devices and try to use the least amount of energy possible from 8:30 - 9:30

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    Crafty Cat 3/29/2019 7:44 PM
    Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    You make the world better
    By just being you

    • Andrea Stephens's avatar
      Andrea Stephens 3/29/2019 7:52 PM
      To my inspiring Zoë-Zoo,
      Life is much brighter 
      Because Us has a You!