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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Claudia Kern

UUCUV Eco-Challenge Team

Points Total

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  • 406 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    49
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Claudia's Actions

Food

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.

COMPLETED 4
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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 49 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    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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    Claudia Kern 4/13/2019 4:33 AM
     To me the point is not so much the money as it is the morality of wasting food with all the hidden costs it embodies  - labor, transportation, even the life of an animal.  If I didn't waste food, I could make more choices for organic foods.  

    As Phil and I age, we are eating less, but the ex-caterer in me, still is habituated to big-batch cooking; so often there are dribbles and drabbles in my fridge that don't get eaten.  This challenge is making me pretty creative in adding little bits to other things I am cooking.  

    Yesterday I had to throw away a small bit of ricotta cheese that was left in its container.  It was SMELLY eventhough it had not passed the expiration date.  I downloaded a 10-Minute Fridge Reality Check sheet to go through my fridge.  You can find it here:  www.StopFoodWaste.org

  • 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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    Claudia Kern 4/08/2019 7:28 AM
    Less tempted to toss out things I think might be questionable, especially canned products.