Skip to main content
April 3 - April 24, 2019
Sally Starnes's avatar

Sally Starnes



  • 0 TODAY
  • 459 TOTAL

participant impact

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

Sally's actions


Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

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


Electricity Generation

Watch a Video about Methane Digesters

#30 Methane Digesters (large), #64 Methane Digesters (small)

I will watch a video about methane digesters (also commonly known as anaerobic digesters).



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.



Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 20 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.



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.



Improve a Bus Stop

#37 Mass Transit

I will improve a bus stop in my neighborhood by posting the stop schedule, adding seating or shelter, adding art or flowers, picking up litter, or implementing some other small improvement.


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?

  • Sally Starnes's avatar
    Sally Starnes 4/12/2019 9:50 AM
    Who's been doing the zero-waste meals? I'm curious what your making and how that is working!

    • Anita Roberts's avatar
      Anita Roberts 4/12/2019 4:59 PM
      I'm curious about this, too. Is it considered zero-waste if you have food scraps that result from your meal prep (e.g., seeds, rinds, etc. that go in the compost bin)? 

  • Sally Starnes's avatar
    Sally Starnes 4/11/2019 10:13 AM
    This is a plant-based meat option that my neighborhood bar started serving last year. It's actually pretty good!

    • Kim Mortstock's avatar
      Kim Mortstock 4/15/2019 4:57 PM
      Looking forward to trying this - looks like it's sold all over Seattle. @Bill, any recipe recommendations for homemade veggie patties? 

    • Bill Berger's avatar
      Bill Berger 4/11/2019 5:16 PM
      They’re pretty good - so are Home-made veggie patties. For whatever reason, the impossible burger is always a few dollars more than the meat version. Hard to comprehend this. Maybe it’s a market demand thing. 
    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?

    Sally Starnes's avatar
    Sally Starnes 4/11/2019 10:02 AM
    For me, I think it's a mixture of tradition and lack of awareness. Growing up I do not recall having dinners were a meat wasn't a key ingredient so the "comfort" meals many turn to would by default also be meat centered. The lack of awareness (at least on my part) is twofold: 1 - my default "healthy meal" mindset is a protein, healthy fat, and a veggie. It can take some self-education to find meatless protein options that are adequate and also palatable. 2 - lack of awareness on the environmental impact that meat consumption has. Until a few years ago, I was well aware of animal cruelness arguments against meat, but I wasn't really aware of the argument of negative environmental impacts. Knowing that, it is pretty easy to see that the benefits of less meat consumption outweigh any personal preference in food choices. Plus there are so many alternatives out there that maybe just take a little effort to find. I for one am eagerly awaiting the commercialization of lab grown mean with the hope that it is similar to natural meat. Even if I have to pay more for it, I believe the benefits are worth it. That's a topic I plan to do some more research on!
    Food Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

    Sally Starnes's avatar
    Sally Starnes 4/08/2019 11:11 AM
    A big driver for me in wanting to do this challenge was supporting the community. Similar to buying things from small businesses, I see buying local food as a way to re-invest money (that I'd be spending anyway) back into the region. Something else that inspires me is the pride that local farmers take in their product, which I feel can also lead to a better product in general. 

  • Sally Starnes's avatar
    Sally Starnes 3/21/2019 10:24 AM
    Thanks for organizing Bill and Anita for co-leading! This is a really neat challenge and it really shows how many different areas we can make a difference.