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October 7 - October 28, 2020
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Allyson Hemsworth

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"As an Eco-Friendly Warrior, I commit to doing my part and keeping the earth front of mind a little more than usual during this challenge!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,382 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    51
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    71
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    57
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    59
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    51
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    81
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables

Allyson's Actions

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

Do at Home

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 10 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

Do at Home

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

Do at Home

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Join a Local CSA

Do at Home

I will sign up for a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture).

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Meet My Local Farmers

I will visit my nearest farm to find out who produces my food, and will learn about the quality of life of those around the world who produce my food in order to make better choices when I shop.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minutes learning about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Research Local Waste Sites

Do at Home

I will spend 10 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Forgiveness

Do at Home

I will begin, or continue, on the journey of forgiving myself and/or other(s). I may do this through journaling, meditation, prayer, and/or talking with a licensed healthcare professional.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Family Game Hour

Do at Home

I will spend quality time with family and friends by playing low-tech game(s) and/or through the spirit of imagination.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Forage for My Food

Do at Home

I will use the resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Skip the Straw

Do at Home

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

Do at Home

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Research Voter Suppression

Do at Home

I will spend at least 15 minutes finding out what local laws, policies, and practices keep people from voting in my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

Transportation

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Do at Home

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

Do at Home

I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Do at Home

I will keep 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Nature Support Local Pollinators
    Why is it important to take care of pollinators?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/28/2020 7:53 PM
    Milkweed!  We have a thriving butterfly community and they love and live on Milkweed.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/28/2020 7:45 PM
    It is harder than it seems to buy clothing that is sustainable, but there are materials all around us in our daily lives that go unused that can be used to add a sense of style.....felt, cotton clothes that are worn out or out grown by children...etc...
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/28/2020 7:45 PM
    It is harder than it seems to buy clothing that is sustainable, but there are materials all around us in our daily lives that go unused that can be used to add a sense of style.....felt, cotton clothes that are worn out or out grown by children...etc...
  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? How can knowing their food producers enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/28/2020 7:42 PM
    We have 2 farms super close and took the time this week to meet a local goat farmer.......goat milk cheese may be in our future.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Try a New Way to Prep
    Canning and pickling food is a great way to have delicious summer fruits and vegetables all year round. Just make sure to follow the canning and pickling guidelines from the USDA or another trusted source. What are some foods that you would like to preserve and enjoy later in the year?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/28/2020 7:41 PM
    I have an interest to trying pickling onions and beets....we will see how it goes!!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant an Herb Garden
    Consider the ways you can garden: a plot of land? a patio container? hanging basket? windowsill gardens? What would work best for your living situation and lifestyle?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/28/2020 7:40 PM
    We are planting rosemary bushes to give to family and friends for the holidays
  • Reflection Question
    Food Join a Local CSA
    Dependable fresh food, better prices (cutting out carbon-heavy supply chain and grocery stores), supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these benefits (or others not listed here) inspires you the most?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/28/2020 7:39 PM
    Our local farm just started a fall time CSA.  We participate every summer, so we are excited to get locally grown produce through the fall as well and support our local farmers.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/28/2020 7:34 PM
    There are over 4 landfill areas with 15 minutes of where I reside outside of that I found that they are in the hilly less populated suburban areas.....the less wealthy parts of those cities seem to be the most affected.
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Family Game Hour
    How does being playful with others enrich your life?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/28/2020 7:33 AM
    Puzzles help the brain stay sharp....afterall the brain is a muscle and muscles need exercise!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Forgiveness
    How has the process of forgiving, or contemplating forgiveness, benefited you?

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    Allyson Hemsworth 10/27/2020 1:51 PM
    During COVID I stopped being super healthy and good to myself.  During this Challenge I have taken this opportunity to continue eating healthful things and exercising regularly again!