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October 11 - October 25, 2017
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Heather Ward

TeamESB

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 733 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    28
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables
  • up to
    6.0
    letters or emails
    sent to public officials or leaders

Heather's Actions

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Buy Food And Water Only

I will not purchase anything but food and water during the Challenge.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Express My Support

I will find out who in my state makes decisions that impact the environment and express my support for more environmental actions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible with a lawn sign or bumper sticker, or by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Health

Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Complete a Recycler / Composter Training

I will sign up for a Recycler / Composter program in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Limit Social Media

I will limit my social media use to once per day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for planet-friendly policies or something else I believe in.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Online Energy Audit

I will complete an online energy audit of my home, office, or dorm room and identify my next steps for saving energy.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Unwanted Mail

I will reduce the amount of unwanted mail I receive (catalogs, phone books, etc.).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) per day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Animal Free Diet

I will adopt a diet free of animal products.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Heather Ward 10/26/2017 10:15 AM
    I chose a lot of challenges, but they mostly fell into three categories: eating better, reducing waste, and spreading awareness. I had been attempting to go vegan before the EcoChallenge, so I used this opportunity to push myself. I had a few slip-ups, particularly on my daughter's birthday, but I did get to try a variety of new recipes. It's extremely hard when your family is not on board.

    I started composting again, and by reducing purchases my trash is about half what it was before. The hardest daily challenge for me was writing to politicians and/or corporations. I only did six, but that's still six more than without this challenge.

    What I liked most was that it pushed me to learn more. I consider myself fairly aware of my habits and their effects, but I learned how much more I could be doing. I'm not going to be mindlessly picking the same brand of laundry detergent that I have been using for years, but rather looking for more eco-friendly options. That uninsulated water heater is a lot worse than I thought, and since it needs replacement soon anyway, I'm going with a tankless water heater. My small vegetable garden has been neglected the past few years, but I intend to build it up and use it again.

    Thank you!

    • Sue Barns's avatar
      Sue Barns 10/26/2017 10:34 AM
      Thank YOU, Heather! Well done, and thanks for encouraging your team mates as well. Glad you enjoyed the EcoChallenge. :-)

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    Heather Ward 10/25/2017 12:44 PM
    Way to go, Team!

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    Heather Ward 10/23/2017 3:56 PM
    Two more days - we can do this!

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    Heather Ward 10/20/2017 1:27 PM
    I know a lot of people are using reusable grocery bags - which is great - but consider using reusable produce bags, too. Any lightweight bag will do.

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    Heather Ward 10/18/2017 9:14 PM
    Half-way there! One of my harder challenges is going free of refined sugar, but I found I can temper those sweets cravings by eating an orange or apple.