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Leslee Jaeger

Save the Earth 2021

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 455 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    35
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    8
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    0
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    4
    pounds
    waste recycled
  • up to
    8
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Leslee's Actions

Food

Ditch the Baggie

I will ditch the zippered plastic bags for food storage and switch to reusable containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Make Use of Leftovers

I will eat, share or freeze leftovers.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook Just Enough

I will scale down the recipe of a meal to make just the right amount for my household of 4 so we eat everything up.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

At Home

Switch to Reusable Napkins and Towels

My household of 4 will use reusable napkins and towels instead of disposable options.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

At Home

Skip the Paper Plates

My household of 4 will use reusable dishes instead of disposable dishes.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

At Home

Hold the Mail

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 3.4lbs (1.5kg) a month or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

At Home

Recycle Everywhere

I will add recycling bins to other areas of the house to make recycling easy for my household of 4 people.  

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Recycling and Composting

Recycle Plastic Bags

Instead of trashing them, I will recycle 1 plastic bags by bringing them to a drop-off.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Recycling and Composting

No More Wish-cycling

I will recycle the right materials by educating myself on what goes in the bin and keep other things out. 

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Leslee Jaeger 5/28/2021 6:14 PM
    Audible books from Hennepin County library thru the Libby app on my phone is an ideal way to get books read while working in my yard

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    Leslee Jaeger 5/25/2021 8:26 AM
    It can be difficult to get the rest of the members of my household to get on board, but showing them some of these reminders has increased their buy in
  • Reflection Question
    Food Ditch the Baggie
    When is it hardest not to use a plastic bag? What can motivate you to stick to your goal in those cases?

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    Leslee Jaeger 5/10/2021 7:28 PM
    I have only a small stash of disposable plastic bags and try to think twice before using them. Hoping to make my current bags last a long time by reusing them and washing

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    Leslee Jaeger 5/09/2021 7:03 PM
    I hope that everyone has learned a few new recycling pointers over the past week. Please share with the team a recycling/reuse idea that you haven't seen highlighted yet. I recently purchased a few Norwex cleaning products (dusting mit, dusting wand and glass cleaner) so that I don't have to buy plastic bottles of cleaning product in the future. I put them to the test earlier this week and all did really well. Just a bit of water on the mit to catch dust but used the other 2 products dry. They are pricey but I estimate they will save $$ with time as I don't purchase cleaning dusting or glass cleaner. 

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    Leslee Jaeger 5/06/2021 6:23 AM
    No more store receipts in the recycling. I also remove plastic tops from glass bottles before I put them in the recycle bin. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make Use of Leftovers
    How have you modified what you do with leftovers to make sure nothing goes to waste?

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    Leslee Jaeger 5/05/2021 7:44 PM
    I am trying to designate one night as a left over meal night
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Recycling and Composting No More Wish-cycling
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Leslee Jaeger 5/03/2021 7:19 PM
    After saving store receipts for years to recycle, I discovered that the thermal paper that they are printed on is not recyclable. Target has a drop off for plastic bags. Ziplock bags can be reused and then recycled if you cut off the ziplock part of the bag. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food 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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    Leslee Jaeger 5/02/2021 5:35 PM
    Roasting vegetables that are just past their prime and starting to fade makes them much more edible. I roasted sweet potatoes, broccoli, onions and red pepper tonight and used them to make vegetarian enchiladas. Left overs are great for lunch. 

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    Leslee Jaeger 5/02/2021 5:32 PM
    I have found the easiest way to avoid using paper plates or napkins is to not have them available. We put a cloth napkin by each persons chair and use it a few times until it become too dirty to continue to use. 
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Recycling and Composting Recycle Plastic Bags
    Has separating your plastic bags for recycling helped you identify how you might reduce how many you have? What are you doing differently now?

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    Leslee Jaeger 4/28/2021 10:03 AM
    Reusing the bags as they are all in one place and easier to access