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Andrea Markiewicz

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Andrea's actions

Basic Needs & Security

Calculate Your Water Footprint


I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste.


Basic Needs & Security

Reduce Animal Product Consumption


One kilogram of beef and cheese emits 71kg and 24kg of greenhouse gasses, while 1kg of rice, grains, and legumes emits between 2-4kg. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts emit less than 1kg per 1kg. I will reduce my climate impact by enjoying 2 meatless meals and/or 1 vegan meals each day this week.


Education & Livelihood

Share Your Eco Habits

SDG 11

Through my Earth Month Ecochallenge feed, I will share with others an environmentally friendly habit I have cultivated.


Climate & Ecosystems

Calculate Your Carbon Impact

SDG 13

I will calculate the carbon emissions associated with my household and consider how lifestyle changes could reduce the carbon footprint and impacts on the environment.


Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Education & Livelihood Share Your Eco Habits
    How do you create new sustainability-related habits or change bad habits?

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/30/2023 6:26 PM
    I created more sustainable habits slowly. I focused on one area at a time, like reducing plastic in my bathroom, or reducing my meat consumption, or paying more attention to how much electricity I used, and let each habit sink in before starting a new one. That way, I wasn't overwhelmed with a lot of change at once.

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/29/2023 8:49 PM
    My 25th eco habit is to use reusable feminine hygiene products. This is another swap that I've made to reduce my single-use plastic usage.

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/28/2023 7:54 PM
    My 24th eco habit is recycling! Since I'm new to the area, I've only been able to find convenient paper recycling, but have saved my cans (obviously for Cans for Corridors), bottles, and plastics to recycle once I figure out where...

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/27/2023 6:24 PM
    Eco habit #23 piggybacks off of my last one. To go with my more sustainable dish soap, I use more sustainable dish cloths. I mainly use old wash cloths, but also coconut husk scrubbers for those hard, stuck-on messes. They're all over Amazon, and most of home compostable when you're done with them! No more plastic sponges!

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/26/2023 7:30 PM
    We're in the last week! My 22nd eco habit was switching out dishwashing soap in a plastic bottle for solid dishwashing bars. I get mine from Sheets (Handcrafted Solid Dish Soap | Sheets Laundry Club). One bar usually lasts me 2-3 months, and comes in paper packaging.

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/25/2023 12:37 PM
    Eco habit #21. I've stopped using disposable paper towel in favor of using reusable dish rags. I just use some wash cloths that I've had forever, some designated for dishes, some for house cleaning, but there are tons of options, like ZeroWastely (Unpaper Towels by ZeroWastely - For A Cleaner Conscience.), Earthly Co. ( Earthly Co.), Zero Waste Store (Zero Waste Store - Zero Waste Products and Package Free Shop –, and more!

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/25/2023 12:27 PM
    I totally missed yesterday's eco-habit! So, eco habit #20 is that I've reduced the amount of meat, especially red meat that I eat. This started as a way to save money, but when I learned how much energy goes into farming large animals, I continued the habit, even when I could afford it. I usually only eat meat once a week, usually chicken. Going vegetarian would be even better for the environment, but it's too tasty for me to fully giveup.

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/23/2023 6:59 PM
    My 19th eco habit is to conserve water as much as possible. I take short showers, turn off the water while brushing my teeth, and wash my dishes with as little water as possible. After calculating my water footprint, I learned that my biggest water usage is from the gasoline used while driving. This has reiterated to me the importance of getting a hybrid or electric car for my next vehicle.

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/22/2023 7:21 PM
    My 18th eco-friendly habit has been to switch from bottles to bars for my shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and body wash. I get all of these from Ethique (Ethique - Conscious & Concentrated Solid Beauty Bars). They have a variety of products, and they all come in home compostable packaging. They, along with some of the other brands I've mentioned (Sheets and Bite, maybe more) are currently running Earth Day specials, too, if anyone is interested in making a switch to plastic-free products!

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    Andrea Markiewicz 4/21/2023 5:43 PM
    For my 17th eco-habit, yet another way I've reduced my plastic use. I use a stainless steel safety razor instead of disposable plastic razors. Mine is from Rockwell (Rockwell Razors - Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razors ( They are adjustable, and come with a recyclable metal container to dispose of the blades.

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      Christina Mlinaric 4/22/2023 8:06 AM
      I bought a metal razor this year, too! It's definitely worth the upfront cost and I feel so much better about reducing plastic waste.