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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Sarah Greengross

Lucky's Market

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 342 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    12
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    40
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Sarah's Actions

Land Use

Buy Bamboo

#35 Bamboo

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Action

Women and Girls

Learn about the Need for Family Planning

#7 Family Planning

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the need for family planning globally.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 1 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Materials

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.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Go Paperless

#70 Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Sarah Greengross 4/14/2019 9:05 AM
    I’ve wanted to start composting for awhile, but apartment living (with no real green space) has proved to be a big challenge for any sort of composting operation. Awhile ago, I saw an advertisement for a local composting service- with a focus on multi-family residences. This weekend, I decided to sign up! They provide you with a compost bin (that you can switch out for your own preferred bin at any point) and their staff will pick up the bin from your residence weekly. The initial hesitation for signing up was the price- $15 per month. But I think that composting will make me more aware of the food that I’m wasting every week. I bet I can easily save $15 a month in grocery costs alone! 

    In case anyone is in the Denver area and is interested- https://scrapsmilehigh.com/
  • Reflection Question
    Land Use Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Sarah Greengross 4/13/2019 10:29 AM
    Honestly? A lot harder than I'd like to admit! I'm fully addicted to coffee. But today, I opted for matcha- which I've read to be a lower-impact product. 

    Removing palm oil from my diet and lifestyle is going to take more work to keep up with, I think. It's hidden in so many things! Not only food but cosmetics, cleaning products, toiletries. I'm going to take this as an opportunity to do more research into my favorite brands, and really read labels when I buy something- rather than just mindlessly picking my go-to.


  • Reflection Question
    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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    Sarah Greengross 4/13/2019 10:03 AM
    I don't think that there is one standout answer in my opinion, but I believe that many factors lead to overconsumption of meat. Cost and availability are big factors, in my opinion. Meat is often cheap, and available in large quantities. Quality doesn't seem to be as much of a concern- especially with consumers in big box stores or discount retailers. I also believe that there is a comfort for many Americans when it comes to cooking with and eating meat. They are familiar with the products/dishes, like the taste, and don't feel the need to try anything different. Plant-based dishes are just as easy, cheap, and flavorful, but it can feel daunting when you aren't familiar with ingredients or recipes outside of your comfort zone. 

    When I think of "American values" and ways of life, I do see all all of those sentiments reflected- cost-driven, comfort-focused, "more bang for your buck". I think that Americans are also hardworking and inventive, so I do hope that more folks try to branch out, learn more about plant-based foods, and eat less meat.