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April 3 - April 24, 2019
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Dorothy Tait

Comerica Bank

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 453 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    22
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    35
    minutes
    spent learning

Dorothy's 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

Food

Explore Other Food Solutions

All Food Solutions

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching other Drawdown Food Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY 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 22
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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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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    Dorothy Tait 4/24/2019 10:20 AM
    Reducing the amount of meat and coffee that we purchase will help reduce the amount of waste. It will also help reduce the amount of these products that are required.
  • 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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    Dorothy Tait 4/20/2019 8:22 AM
    Eating meat is part of the diet that many of us grew up with. This country has large areas that are conducive to raising cattle, which has kept the availability high and the cost reasonably low. 

    I think the more we learn about the overall cost of raising and processing meat, the less meat people will eat. Over the last few years there has been a shift to more plant-based options in restaurants and markets in the local communities. There has also been more information available about eating too much red meat. These are factors are contributing to changing many people's eating habits.  

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    Dorothy Tait 4/05/2019 4:24 PM
    My Husband and I split a lunch at a restaurant today.  This was a good way to avoid wasting food and eliminated bringing home a doggy bag in a styrofoam container.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Dorothy Tait 4/05/2019 6:36 AM
    It feels good. We have seriously been going through our house and implementing these "R's" as much as possible. This includes gather electronic waste from family and friends for the spring e-waste collection event.
  • 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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    Dorothy Tait 4/05/2019 6:33 AM
    I would increase the amount of food that I donate to the local food pantry with some of the savings.

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    Dorothy Tait 4/03/2019 6:21 PM
    I am excited about participating in this challenge again! I have made some good life changes as a result of learnings from previous year's activities.