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Annika Bergen

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    21
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    44
    pounds
    waste avoided
  • up to
    49
    pounds
    waste recycled

Annika's Actions

Food

Properly Store Food

I will store food and organize my fridge based on best practices to prevent food from spoiling before it is used.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Belongings

Buy Used Clothes

I will spend 60 minutes learning about fast fashion and will buy my clothes at second-hand stores when I shop.

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At Home

Recycle Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Metal and Glass

My household will recycle all paper, metal, plastic and glass that is accepted in my curbside or building program.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Eat Food Before it Spoils

My household of 3 will prioritize eating foods that may spoil soon.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

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Community

Share My Actions

I will make my low-waste actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

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Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with a shampoo bar.

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One-Time Action

Pets

Prepare Homemade Treats

I will prepare my own pet treats to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Belongings

Mend Clothing

I will mend 10 items of clothing instead of replacing them with new clothing.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden at my home or community garden.

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    Annika Bergen 6/27/2020 11:56 AM
    Thank you so much for this experience - it was nice to have it online (for obvious reasons :)), and a great challenge with the extra time spent at home. Looking forward to continuing a lot of these, and also exploring options for incorporating new ones.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Try a Pet Shampoo Bar
    How has the pet shampoo bar worked compared to what you were using before?

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    Annika Bergen 6/21/2020 11:40 AM
    We did our last washes using up the old shampoo we had, so haven't given the new bar a try yet. Not sure if someone else has already shared this, but Tare Market also sells dog shampoo bars. Looks like they're made in Minneapolis and you can do curbside with Tare Market.

    https://www.thetaremarket.com/product/dog-shampoo-bar/

    Ingredients: Olive oil, Coconut oil, Sweet almond oil, Neem oil, Castor oil, Distilled water, Lye, Lavender, White thyme, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Citronella essential oils. *Note: many essential oils are not safe for cats, for that reason this product is not recommended for their use.

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    Annika Bergen 6/21/2020 11:19 AM
    Good! We started our CSA with Wise Acre/Tangletown this week, which has been exciting. Lots of local leafy items, so we've been working on ensuring we're storing them correctly and eating them quickly so we don't have any salads go to waste.
    Unlike when you go to the farmers market, several things came packaged in order to protect the food and keep it fresh longer - but we'll reuse those bags, and the CSA comes in a reusable tote that we bring back each week. Huzzah!

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      Annika Bergen 6/27/2020 11:54 AM
      That's awesome! We don't have anything wildly creative - we keep all our single-use bags in a drawer and then rinse/reuse them for food storage, holding snacks if we aren't sure about if we can tote tupperware, and then we also have a dog so we use them for waste on walks. They're nice to have around too if you share things (extra CSA stuff? :)) with a friend/neighbor.

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      Ray Klahr 6/21/2020 6:11 PM
      Our CSA is starting up again soon, too! Can't wait. Mind if I ask what you use the bags for? I usually recycle them at Lunds. Would like to find a reuse option.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Properly Store Food
    Did you find that you were storing food incorrectly? Which items have you changed?

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    Annika Bergen 6/21/2020 11:14 AM
    Overall we had our food stored correctly, except for eggs. We had those on the top instead of the bottom. I shared the two flyers ("A-Z Guide" and "Save-the-Food") with my family though, and they were surprised with some of the recommendations. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Prepare Homemade Treats
    Does making your own pet treats seem like a habit you can keep up in the long term? What else can you do to reduce your use of plastic packaging that can come from taking care of your pet's needs?

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    Annika Bergen 6/21/2020 11:06 AM
    I was shocked by how easy it was to make dog treats - I was working with limited supplies, but able to find a recipe that was extremely simple (https://www.thecookierookie.com/pb-dog-treats/). That definitely makes me think I can keep this up, plus it was fun to do different shapes and feel like I was making cookies.

    The recipe notes that you have to be aware of the shorter shelf life without preservatives, so I made a half batch and then also put half of them in the freezer. Our dog, Rigby, absolutely loves them! One of the things that had made me hesitant to try DIY treats again was that in the past she wasn't impressed, and it made training difficult. Surprisingly, she is liking these as much as any of the store bought options. Highly recommend!!

    For other reduction options, we do try to reuse bags for picking up her waste on walks. I've done a little research around how to get around bags, but struggle with the idea of carrying a pail or trying to "catch" her waste in a different reusable container. 
    Treats and walking waste are our two biggest packaging/plastic things with our pet.

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      Amy Maas 6/23/2020 12:44 PM
      I try not to worry too much about the waste I have to pick up on walks, but at home I try to consolidate everything. I keep a large bag inside a metal pail and use a shovel to pick up her waste, so I only have to use one bag per week or so.   Adorable MN treats!
  • Reflection Question
    Belongings Buy Used Clothes
    How has learning about fast fashion impacted your shopping decisions? What do you like about buying clothing used? What do you struggle with?

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    Annika Bergen 6/21/2020 10:54 AM
    The biggest challenge I've found (pre-COVID) with shopping is it's a big social activity for some of my friends and family members. I've typically gotten a lot of my clothes as hand-me-downs or from thrift stores, but the clothing that I have new was a result of family outings where my grandma (for example) would find something she felt really excited about and wanted me to buy to feel "special."
    During this research, I tried to focus on finding a couple more thrift/consignment shops that aren't the larger locations like Goodwill or Thrift, so that in the future when we're ready to get back out I can try to recreate the experience for my family members but in a thrift setting. The biggest challenge is they're more spread-out - we need a complete thrift mall ;)

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    Annika Bergen 6/08/2020 6:40 PM
    I had a hard time keeping up with the challenge over the past two weeks following George Floyd's murder - but we're back on track and caught up!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Annika Bergen 6/08/2020 6:15 PM
    The people closest to me know how important sustainability is to me, but the next ring of my social networks may not. When I shared my post, several FB friends I don't regularly talk to responded. We were able to start a conversation about strategies we use when deciding what to buy (or not buy) to have a smaller footprint.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Annika Bergen 5/20/2020 2:14 PM
    Social distancing has limited this for now, but we planted a garden at our community center in order to connect with neighbors and learn more about gardening together. For the home garden we planted, we're excited to know exactly where we're sourcing the produce we harvest, and not source it from the store where it's almost entirely shipped from out of state.
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Recycle Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Metal and Glass
    What motivates you the most to recycle: protecting the environment, future generations, creating jobs in the recycling industry, because your neighbors do it, or some other reason?

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    Annika Bergen 5/17/2020 8:05 AM
    We're motivated to recycle because we want to protect the environment! We want to recycle so new materials aren't needed, and hopefully we keep working towards less in the first place.