April 1 - April 30, 2019

Rachel Meihack

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Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 326 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    96
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    14
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    42
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    14
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    112
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Rachel's Actions

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 0 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 1,600 lbs of C02 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Energy Switch to Cold Water
    What do you plan to do with the money you save from making more energy efficient choices?

    Rachel Meihack 4/29/2019 6:29 PM
    Pay my rent, buy groceries. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than in other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

    Rachel Meihack 4/29/2019 6:29 PM
    I think Americans are very focused on getting a high amount of protein in their diets everyday and we are convinced that there is a huge amount of protein in beef. We can start shifting a meat-focused food culture by educating people on what the over-production of beef does to the environment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reuseable one but it's just hard to make the switch. Think about what stands in your way of making this a habit. By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

    Rachel Meihack 4/29/2019 6:27 PM
    I feel like it is not that hard to keep your own coffee mug in your car at all times so that when you do get coffee you can use it then. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

    Rachel Meihack 4/29/2019 6:26 PM
    Refuse buying single use plastic items, reduce the amount of times I get coffee to go, repair ripped jeans, shorts, etc. reuse clothes by buying second hand, and repurpose by using empty containers for things around the house. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles serve an important role in places for health and safety, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. Can you identify the barriers in making this a new habit? How can you set yourself up for success in making this a permanent change?

    Rachel Meihack 4/29/2019 6:25 PM
    Stop buying single use water bottles. Buy one reusable water bottle and stick to using that instead. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reuseable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to establish this a successful habit?

    Rachel Meihack 4/29/2019 6:24 PM
    Carry it out with my hands if I am able to carry it all. I will always keep a reusable bag in my car trunk. 
  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Rachel Meihack 4/29/2019 6:24 PM
    Coffee cups, straws, plastic grocery bags, etc. 
    Reusable mug, metal straws, reusable bags.