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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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kelly finneran

Oregon Food Bank


  • 0 TODAY
  • 274 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    meatless or vegan meals
  • UP TO
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

kelly's actions


Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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



Eliminate Toxic Plastics

#47 Bioplastic

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl and instead replace them with bioplastic or durable options.


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?

    Materials Eliminate Toxic Plastics
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    kelly finneran 4/24/2019 9:22 AM
    One thing I have been considering switching to, is a shampoo bar. I've heard there are some that work well, and eliminating the plastic waste would be great too!

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    kelly finneran 4/18/2019 4:14 PM
    They have been going great! We don't eat a lot of meat in general, but it has been interesting to think about the habits we've created around food. We tend to eat a lot more meat alternatives out at restaurants (Tofu, soyrizo veggie burgers, etc.) because we're picky about additives, and sourcing, but also because they usually taste better than we can make! So, we have been trying out some recipes. Haven't found one that the whole family can get behind yet, but we're still looking : )
    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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    kelly finneran 4/08/2019 9:37 AM
    Cultural norms, and our distance from food processing industry. Many Americans wouldn't eat a cheeseburger if it required them to be a part of killing a cow. As with many things, eating meat has been normalized in our culture and not enough people stop to think about the full impact of their actions. Hopefully, this EcoChallenge will bring those thoughts to the forefront. 

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      Shawna Cain 4/15/2019 9:04 AM
      Great point, Kelly. When I was living overseas I had to butcher my own chicken for a family meal, and it literally took all day to prepare our "KFC" style fried chicken. While I appreciate dit so much more, I'd rarely eat chicken if I had to go to that effort each time. Thanks for bringing this great point up - how have your meatless meals been going?