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Karen Lunde

Fair Trade Minneapolis

"Fair Trade Minneapolis: Empowering people to choose Fair Trade products (coffee, chocolate, sugar, bananas, gift items, clothing & more) so global (both international and USA) farmers, workers, and artisans earn a fair and sustainable living."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 84 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided

Karen's Actions

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will avoid 2 plastic bags by not bagging my produce or using reusable produce bags.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Plant a Garden

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

At Home

De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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

Make Green Cleaners

I will make  1 of my own cleaning products (cleaners, detergents, soaps) instead of buying them.

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One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Recycling and Composting

Find Local Recycling Drop-Off Centers

I will find out where to take the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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    Karen Lunde 5/25/2021 5:27 PM
    Then last week, I had a "retreat" with the FS Foundation that I work for https://fsfdn.org/ in Louisville, Kentucky, with lodging in New Albany, Indiana. These were my first flights since Sep 2019. Zero Waste, it wasn't. We met Louisville Grows https://louisvillegrows.org and toured the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest  https://bernheim.org These are great nonprofits!

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    Karen Lunde 5/25/2021 5:23 PM
    Since this challenge started, I drove from Minneapolis to Ames, Iowa, to stay with my dad to take him to Des Moines to get a replacement aortic heart valve. He received the valve through a blood vessel in his groin on May 5. Within four hours, he noticed further improvement in his health than he thought was possible! So - maybe this has distracted me from Zero Waste, but it's likely he'll live a lot longer now!

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    Karen Lunde 5/09/2021 8:11 AM
    Hi Laura, Thank you for your great ideas and inspiration!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these products have so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

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    Karen Lunde 5/09/2021 8:09 AM
    SOMEONE ELSE! Plastic packaging is serving the fossil fuel industry to give them another purpose to sell their oil, as Americans, staying at home for the pandemic, don't drive as much, or as they adopt electric cars. 

    Kenya - made plastic bags illegal. The oil companies in the US are pushing the US to push Kenya to use plastic bags again! 
  • 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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    Karen Lunde 5/09/2021 8:06 AM
    (1) It would be fun to get my hands in the dirt!
    (2) I would be sequestering a tad bit of carbon!

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    Karen Lunde 4/30/2021 2:02 PM
    Greetings to Fair Trade Minneapolis, Fair Trade empowers people to eliminate poverty & racism, & protects the environment. Here's a chance for us to protect the environment. Let's have fun with this!