May 17 - June 27, 2020

Dan Rubenstein

"Save the Universe"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 505 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    18
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    44
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    40
    pounds
    waste composted

Dan's Actions

On-the-go

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Use A Reusable Mug or Collapsible Cup

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Belongings

Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 1 minutes learning about sustainable fashion and begin trying to practice it in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

De-Clutter My Home

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 2 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Assemble a Zero Waste Kit

I will assemble an eating-out bag with cloth napkins and reusable utensils, containers, and cups and use it to avoid disposable to-go containers and cutlery for 1 meals each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Make Green Cleaners

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

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Recycle More Organics

I will add organics recycling collection bins to all areas of the house where organics are generated, such as the bathroom.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Start Backyard Composting

My household will set up a backyard bin to compost our fruit and vegetable scraps.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Dan Rubenstein 6/26/2020 7:52 AM
    This challenge has really made me think about the purchases that I make.  It should be easier to think about packaging now when shopping.

  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Assemble a Zero Waste Kit
    What items do you keep in your kit? What steps have you taken to help make this a habit and remember to bring your kit with you?

    Dan Rubenstein 6/26/2020 7:40 AM
    This one is awkward due to COVID. Not going out much!  Need to think about this one some more.
  • Reflection Question
    Belongings Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

    Dan Rubenstein 6/26/2020 7:39 AM
    Clothes aren't really the way I do that, so buying used is probably the best.
  • Reflection Question
    At Home De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

    Dan Rubenstein 6/26/2020 7:35 AM
    I can be more careful about what I buy and donate or recycle older items before replacing them
  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using resusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable cutlery, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

    Dan Rubenstein 6/24/2020 11:41 AM
    This one is fairly easy as long as you have a place to put sharp metal objects.

  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Use A Reusable Mug or Collapsible Cup
    Great job on getting rid of your disposable cup habit! How does it make you feel? What's next on your list to reduce your waste?

    Dan Rubenstein 6/24/2020 11:40 AM
    Like using a reusable mug.  I don't have to advertise for anyone.

  • Dan Rubenstein 6/24/2020 11:38 AM
    I always like to know more about conservation, etc.
  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Use Reusable Bags
    How difficult was this action for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Dan Rubenstein 6/22/2020 7:27 AM
    It was not too difficult, just a little hard to remember the bags every time until used to it.

  • Dan Rubenstein 6/22/2020 7:21 AM
    It's great to learn new ways to conserve. The most helpful thing so far for me was the email on food storage.
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Make Green Cleaners
    Which household cleaners did you try making? Have you been able to simplify your cleaning routine?

    Dan Rubenstein 6/22/2020 7:21 AM
    All purpose and laundry soap.  Needed something stronger for the bathroom though.

    • Dan Rubenstein 6/24/2020 11:39 AM
      Sure, it takes:
      1 bar soap (I use Ivory because it's unscented)
      1/2 cup Borax (20 Mule Team is most common brand)
      1 cup washing soda
      3+ gallons water
      oil if desired, lemon oil for example.

      Boil 4 cups of water on the stove.  Grate soap then melt the soap into boiling water, reducing heat to simmer, adding soap slowly and stirring often.
      Add to 3 gallons of warm tap water (using a 5-gallon bucket is easiest).  Stir in and add borax and washing soda (and oil if desired). Stir well, cover and let sit for one day.  There you have it!

      I can't vouch for effectiveness for anything but mildly dirty clothes, I haven't tested it on anything difficult yet!

    • Kim Jucha 6/24/2020 5:41 AM
      Dan, would you mind sharing your laundry soap recipe?