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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Jordan Ballantyne

Deloitte Boston Office

"Aiming to make small changes to my daily routine that will make a big impact"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,108 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    401
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    5
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Jordan's Actions

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Support Local Food Systems

Plant-Rich Diets

I will source 20 percent of my food from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Bioplastics

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and BIPOC-majority neighborhoods. I will avoid buying and using 3 single-use plastics and instead replace them with durable options.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 60 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Buy Bamboo

Bamboo Production

When they are available, I will purchase products made from bamboo instead of wood, plastic, or metal.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will replace or remove from my current diet the palm oil, coffee, and cocoa products that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Learn about Biochar

Biochar Production

I will spend 2 minute(s) learning about biochar and how it can help sequester carbon.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks

Smart Seafood Choices

Ocean Farming

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Eat Mindfully

I will eat all of my meals without distractions, e.g., phone, computer, TV, or newspaper.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Industry

Practice the 5 R's

Recycling

I will Practice the "5 Rs" — refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle — to reduce my waste more than I can with just recycling alone.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 30 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Industry

Go Paperless

Recycled Paper

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 0.11lbs (0.05kg) a day or 3.3lbs (1.6kg) a month by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

Multiple Industry Solutions

I will learn about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Recycle Everything I Can

Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 5 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Smaller Portions

Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Keep Track of Wasted Food

Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Earth Month Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Reduce Animal Products

Plant-Rich Diets

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

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Support Local Food Systems
    Dependable fresh food, supporting local farmers and building resilient communities are just a few benefits of local food systems. Which of these (or other) advantages inspire you the most?

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    Jordan Ballantyne 4/26/2021 10:44 AM
    I love fresh local produce and supporting local farmers. I recently discovered the 'Friday Food Market', which is a Boston based produce delivery service that sells excess produce from local distributors at a lower price. I ordered my first box of produce for $22 today and can't wait to receive it tomorrow
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

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    Jordan Ballantyne 4/20/2021 7:42 AM
    It seems that the production of soybeans is the biggest contributor to deforestation, and most of those soybeans go to feeding farm animals. This made me realize that almost everything in my daily diet - beef, chicken, eggs, dairy - could be being raised and produced in ways that harm the environment. In addition to cutting down on my consumption of these items, I need to understand where these products were produced before purchasing. 
  • Reflection Question
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Smart Seafood Choices
    Many states and countries have advisories on eating fish. Find out what is advised for your region. Do you think your diet choices fall within these guidelines? What steps do you need to take to make sure that they do?

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    Jordan Ballantyne 4/16/2021 7:11 AM
    I downloaded the NorthEast guide from the seafood watch site, and while I was pleased to see that much of the seafood I enjoy is considered a 'best choice' as it is sustainably harvested a great majority of the time, I realized that tuna fish (something I grew up having for lunch) and salmon are that I need to start learning more about prior to buying, as it is sustainably farmed in some parts of the world, but in others they are overfished or caught in ways that harm the environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

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    Jordan Ballantyne 4/13/2021 6:42 PM
    My eyes are always bigger than my stomach, so using smaller plates has helped me not overeat and not feel as drowsy after meals.
  • Reflection Question
    Industry 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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    Jordan Ballantyne 4/07/2021 9:02 AM
    I've found that buying new clothes that are sustainably made is more expensive, but always makes me feel better about what I am wearing. Thrifting is also a great way to express personality - buying secondhand can also be more affordable than buying new.

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    Jordan Ballantyne 4/06/2021 10:14 AM
    I just switched to Blueland cleaning products. They produce reusable bottles and tablets that you add to water to create hand soap, laundry detergent, and other cleaning products. They also opt for environmentally friendly packaging options. I ordered the hand soap, and I will let you all know how it is when it arrives!

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      Jordan Ballantyne 4/26/2021 2:07 PM
      As an update - the foaming hand soap is great!! definitely use it quicker than a normal gel-type soap, but I think thats a characteristic of foaming soaps in general. would recommend!!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Keep Track of Wasted Food
    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. How would you rather use this money?

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    Jordan Ballantyne 4/06/2021 10:08 AM
    It has just been a few days in April and I am already being more mindful of my food waste, since I know I will have to log anything I do not actually eat. I would rather spend the money I would have spent on wasted food on almost anything else, like hiking or camping trips.
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

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    Jordan Ballantyne 4/06/2021 10:04 AM
    When I looked, they were available in my community, both in person and online. It just took me a few tries to realize what products would have a bamboo alternative. I bought a bamboo serving tray :)