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April 1 - April 30, 2021
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Andrzej Lange

Abergreen

"The mission for this challenge is 1) to learn from Drawdown resources, Tips & Tricks as well as from other participants, and 2) generate a list of eco-friendly habits with a view to 3) implement them in own daily routine and 4) share on a wider forum."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,396 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    775
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    71
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    85
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    330
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    29
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Andrzej's Actions

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

All Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions

I will spend at least 75 minutes researching other Drawdown Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions.

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Zero-waste Cooking

Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 18
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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Health and Education

Research Barriers to Participation and Representation

Health and Education

I will spend at least 75 minutes learning more about the barriers to women's equal participation and representation around the world.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health and Education

Support Businesses Owned by Women, BIPOC, or Immigrants

Sustainable Intensification for Smallholders

I will spend 75 minutes researching businesses owned by women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color that I can support when shopping.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Explore My Area

Sometimes protecting nature requires feeling connected to nature. I will invest 75 minutes in exploring and appreciating a natural area in my region, whether a forest, wetland, coastal area, or somewhere else.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Research Peatlands

Peatland Protection and Rewetting

I will spend 75 minutes researching the environmental benefits of peatlands and what is being done around the world to conserve and restore them.

Completed
One-Time Action

Land Sinks

Learn More about Silvopasture

Silvopasture

I will spend at least 75 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Land Sinks

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

Tropical Forest Restoration

I will spend at least 75 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Explore Other Buildings Solutions

All Buildings Solutions

I will spend at least 75 minutes researching other Drawdown Buildings Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Learn about 'Green Gentrification'

Multiple Solutions

I will spend at least 75 minutes learning about green gentrification and how it relates to city planning for climate action.

Completed
One-Time Action

Buildings

Install A Toilet Tank Bank

Low-Flow Fixtures

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water a day or 330 gallons (1,230 L) a month by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Action

Industry

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

Bioplastics

I will spend at least 75 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 5 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Uncompleted
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 0
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food, Agriculture, and Land Use

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 75 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Electricity

Explore Other Electricity Solutions

All Electricity Solutions

I will spend at least 75 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Industry Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Andrzej Lange 4/30/2021 4:04 PM
    Repair is something I'm trying to do anyway, but repurpose is an interesting thing. Upcycling, alternative uses for "trash" is something I'll keep looking into. Considering things of this kind makes me feel... hmm.. purposeful? Conscious of choices I'm making, and yeah, there's a little bit of the warm inside feeling that fewer things from my household end up in landfill (or recyclables processing plant).
  • Reflection Question
    Industry Practice the 5 R's
    What are some more "R's" you could add to your daily practice to reduce your waste?

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    Andrzej Lange 4/30/2021 4:02 PM
    Refuse is the next step for me I think. One that I did start practicing during the challenge and am eager to do more! Explore options for homemade soap, refills, etc. The journey goes on!

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    Andrzej Lange 4/30/2021 3:57 PM
    Day 30: What a ride! Plum! Water bottle goes into the toilet tank! Another challenge ticked!
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 2
    How difficult or easy was it to change your diet?

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    Andrzej Lange 4/27/2021 11:41 AM
    This one is a little bit of a longer process, I'm afraid. And not that easy either, given how many names the palm oil can appear under. Throughout the month I did ensure that new products bought (coffee, chocolate, etc.) are palm oil free (or made with sustainable palm oil). But there are other products that I use that do have it as an ingredient. So first, will use up what I have, and second, will make a more informed choice going forward looking for more sustainable alternatives.
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Zero-waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for utilizing every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable, including the skins, tops, and stalks during your next meal prep?

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    Andrzej Lange 4/27/2021 11:37 AM
    One things that comes to mind is: soup it! Need to experiment with blending too, guess it kind of all "looks" and "tastes" the same when it's blended? I'm wondering how much does the "visual appeal" and just the habit of not eating certain parts of the vegetables contributed to the amount of food waste I've been producing. Also, any tips for pressure cookers? Think that could be a solution too!
  • 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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    Andrzej Lange 4/27/2021 11:35 AM
    This one's easy: travel. Always!
  • Reflection Question
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Eat Mindfully
    Mindful eating is healthier for us than eating with distractions. How does your eating experience differ when practicing mindfulness?

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    Andrzej Lange 4/27/2021 11:34 AM
    When I can afford the time to eat mindfully I do feel calmer. Or maybe I just feel calmer while I also make the time to eat mindfully? This is a tough one for me and something I'd like to revisit post challenge. I do feel I took more time to enjoy the food when completely unplugged and I did enjoy that, but recent workload made me feel like I'm losing out on precious catch-up time if I indulge in having my lunch in peace and quiet...
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings Install A Toilet Tank Bank
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

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    Andrzej Lange 4/27/2021 11:20 AM
    Installing a "toilet tank bank" is one thing and we've started discussing installing low-flow showerheads and aerators/nozzles for the taps. Another thing that we're wanting to explore is to quantify water consumption when dishes are rinsed before being put away into the dishwasher vs. running the dishwasher more often. More extreme measures? Well, go full Wim Hof and use only cold water for showers. Sure that's gonna significantly cut the shower time!

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    Andrzej Lange 4/27/2021 11:10 AM
    Day 27: Oh how fabulous is it to "learn" while exercising or running errands! Wish I've figured out a way to get articles read aloud before! Now I can get them podcast-style :D 
  • Reflection Question
    Land Sinks Research Peatlands
    Much of Indonesia's peatlands have been drained so they could be replaced with palm oil or pulp and paper plantations. How can you make choices that help to protect peatlands, even if you live far away from one?

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    Andrzej Lange 4/27/2021 11:06 AM
    Would've been easier if I was a gardener! But if peatlands are dried so that oil palm can be planted, than going palm oil free in purchases would be a positive contribution. It was interesting to learn how big an area of Scotland is covered by peatlands! Now that's for "hot" discussion topic for future hikes!