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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Clarissa Day

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 303 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    7.0
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    75
    minutes
    spent learning

Clarissa's Actions

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Clarissa Day's avatar
    Clarissa Day 4/26/2019 8:27 AM
    I rally enjoyed this challenge. I already have a lot of actions as part of my daily routine, such as eating a plant-based diet, composting food scraps, and eliminating single-use plastics. However, this challenge allowed me to stretch myself to include even more environmentally-friendly practices as part of my routine. I look forward to continuing to live my life in a way that has a smaller impact on the environment and educating those around me about how they can do the same.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Clarissa Day 4/17/2019 6:02 AM
    Changing my diet only took a few extra minutes at the grocery store. I checked the ingredient labels on coffee and dairy-free cream cheese to ensure they were sustainably made and did not contain palm oil. I've bought processed vegan foods in the past that have contained palm oil, and I think this is a good reason to have a plant-based diet rather than just vegan.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Clarissa Day 4/12/2019 9:08 AM
    I switched to a plant-based diet a few months ago, and at first I was still buying a lot of processed products. Only recently did I notice that a lot of these products contain palm oil. I didn't know that palm oil had a large impact on deforestation, so I didn't think much of it. Now, I'm more conscious of the products I am buying, and I am trying to eat a more truly PLANT-based diet rather than choosing processed vegan options. I've been buying fair trade coffee for awhile, but I haven't paid attention to whether or not it is rainforest alliance certified. I am going to be more mindful of where I use products that contain palm oil, including beauty products, and whether or not the coffee I buy is rainforest alliance certified.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates
    How does knowing the difference between use by, sell by, and best by dates empower you to make better decisions?

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    Clarissa Day 4/08/2019 7:54 AM
    I was already comfortable using food past the sell by date because I figured this date was geared toward retailers to guide them on how long to keep a product on the shelf. I was more confused by "use by" and "best by" dates. I thought they meant the same thing-that you shouldn't consume the food after this date. Now, I recognize that a use by date is a clearer (but not totally clear) indicator of food safety, while a best by date is more of an indicator of food quality. I'll be sure to be more mindful of what kind of date is marked on my food and how quickly I need to use it in order to eat it at its peak freshness and safety.