October 11 - October 25, 2017

Sheila and Everett Sjolseth

Rob Greenfield Team

"We believe that all, no matter the age, can create positive change. It takes a moment of time, a penny of time, to be kind. No age requirement at all! Kind Kids are making a difference all over the world."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 390 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0
    pounds
    waste composted

Challenges

Health

Support Pollution Reduction

I will learn about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will research toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 1 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Water

Eco-friendly Gardening

I will plant native species, landscape with water-efficient plants, and use eco-friendly fertilizers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 10 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 0 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Create Your Own

Complete an Act of Kindness in nature each day as a family

I want us to be even more purposeful right now of being outside and interacting with others while we work on realigning our "inside the house" waste habits.

Uncompleted
Create Your Own Challenge

Waste

Carry my Trash

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

COMPLETED 13 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

COMPLETED 13 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers for my lunches at work or school.

COMPLETED 0 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Avoid Disposables

I will not use any disposable plates, cups, or utensils.

COMPLETED 0 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 0 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

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

COMPLETED 0 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 1 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 0 OF 15
DAILY CHALLENGE

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  • Sheila and Everett Sjolseth 10/23/2017 11:08 AM
    Wearing a Trash Me Suite:

    From Everett's perspective--the suit is full and I had to make two new pockets for the last 3 days. Tomorrow is the last day! I AM SO GLAD! It is heavy, bulky, and I really can't do any of my normal activities. But, it doesn't stink!

    From Sheila's perspective--6 years ago I started kicking the paper towel habit. I started using swedish cloths. Those same cloths are going strong today. We use washing cloths and towels. But, we hadn't removed the paper towels from the kitchen. Change: We removed the paper towels from the kitchen and have not used a paper towel in 7 days. I also have not used *any* ziplocks or plastic bags or plastic containers in 7 days.

    Both Everett and I are excited about Wednesday, when he stops consuming and starts conserving with his trash suit. Gonna be so much better!

  • Sheila and Everett Sjolseth 10/23/2017 11:02 AM

  • Sheila and Everett Sjolseth 10/19/2017 6:48 AM
    Everett's "Trash Me for Kid" project is going well. This is birthday week AND it is also a school fundraiser week (which means lots of cheap prizes are given out to kids that reach certain levels of fundraising).  Birthday parties and school fundraisers are two activities that he feels create too much unnecessary waste. Tonight, we'll be chatting on Facebook on ways to decrease birthday party waste. He feels overwhelmed with the school fundraiser and is trying to figure out the best way to address his concerns with the PTA. 

  • Sheila and Everett Sjolseth 10/19/2017 6:42 AM

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  • Sheila and Everett Sjolseth 10/17/2017 6:35 AM

    • brenda fletchall 10/17/2017 7:00 AM
      oh gosh i appreciate Everett pointing out the burden on us and the planet from our trash generation.
      makes something i was aware of in a general "out-there" sense to more tangible and personal.

      thank you.

    • Sheila and Everett Sjolseth 10/17/2017 6:39 AM
      Everett is now getting close to 20 pounds of trash in his trash suit. And, he was thinking about how much more gas we are using since he can't ride his bike to school with the suit. In the first 7 days, he lost a chance to ride a minimum of 22 miles on his bike. As a family, we lost the chance to ride 102 miles, collectively since we are using our car to run all of our errands. He is trying to figure out how to talk about the stress that all the trash is putting on our planet in relation to how much additional bulk and weight. "Just like I can't be efficient with my energy usage because I can't ride my bike, the planet can't work as efficiently with all this additional trash being made all the time."

  • Sheila and Everett Sjolseth 10/16/2017 6:21 PM

    • I love this. I have three boys - and I'm definitely going to show them this photo! (Especially since one of my challenges is involving my kids in the EcoChallenge this year!) - Best of luck in your EcoChallenge! 

  • Sheila and Everett Sjolseth 10/13/2017 7:33 AM

  • Sheila and Everett Sjolseth 10/12/2017 5:50 AM