April 1 - April 30, 2020

Vet E Rage

Be Better Humans

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 117 Total

Vet E's Actions

Fresh Water

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

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Wildlife

Use Reusable Bags

Plastic bags can be mistaken for food by many wild animals. If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

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Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 1 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

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Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Climate

Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 5 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by prepping for 1 meal(s) each day, only buying the ingredients I need.

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People

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

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Climate

Stay on the Ground

Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Wildlife 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 reusable 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 create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

    Vet E Rage 3/12/2020 11:54 AM
    I have a TRUNK FULL of reusable bags, and seem to be addicted to buying new ones if I like the design... it's kind of a problem - lol.  
    However, despite the number of these bags that I own, I always seem to forget them in the car.  However, since I know they are in the car, I think it would be better to just load everything back in the cart and put it in the bags when I get there.  (thanks Rebecca for the idea).  Unless of course it's just a couple things... then I could just carry it by hand.  Now, if it's super nasty weather...  I may have to resort to disposable bags, and just reuse them or take them back to a store that recycles them.

    • Rebecca Pehle 3/12/2020 12:04 PM
      I used to be TERRIBLE at bringing my bags in, but my sister found research stating that the reusable bags, if unused, can be damaging in their own way with the resources taken to create them and if they are thrown out. That really motivated me more to use what I have on hand, although I still pick up more if, like you, I really like the design. :) 
  • Reflection Question
    People Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Vet E Rage 3/12/2020 11:51 AM
    Cleaning up litter in your local community or even workplace gives you a bigger sense of ownership of the space.  Showing pride in your community.

    • Rebecca Pehle 3/12/2020 12:01 PM
      I really want to volunteer with one of the non-profits that picks up trash from the ocean and turns it into other things one day. We need to take care of this earth and every organism in our ecosystems if we want a better future! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    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. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

    Vet E Rage 3/12/2020 11:49 AM
    This is a horrific thought!  That's a LOT of food that could've gone to others that may need it... 
    I am HORRIBLE about meal planning, this is something that I need to (And am trying to) work on.  
    Oh that money... could definitely go to paying off credit cards...  

    • Kuei-Ti Lu 3/13/2020 11:46 AM
      It's important to find why the food was thrown out to understand the problems and find solutions.

    • Rebecca Pehle 3/12/2020 12:04 PM
      Agreed, it's crazy how wasteful our society can be. Some of the statistics are incredibly sobering.