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Andrea Siegel

"Making this part of distance learning for our family!"

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  • 277 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    5
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    2
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Andrea's Actions

Community

Share My Actions

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Buy Better Beauty Packaging

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

On-the-go

Choose Two-Sided Printing

I will save up to .21 lbs (.09 kg) of paper per day by switching from one-sided printing to two-sided at work.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Belongings

Track My Purchases

I will maintain a record of all my purchases and learn about my spending habits.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY 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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make Use of Leftovers

I will eat, share or freeze leftovers.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Make Green Cleaners

I will make  2 of my own cleaning products (cleaners, detergents, soaps) instead of buying them.

Completed
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.

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Properly Store Food
    Did you find that you were storing food incorrectly? Which items have you changed?

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    Andrea Siegel 6/11/2020 11:31 AM
    Carrots and broccoli were getting limp in my vegetable drawer. I have started storing broccoli upright in a mug with a bit of water and rinsing carrots then storing in a covered container to keep the moisture in.
  • 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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    Andrea Siegel 6/11/2020 11:29 AM
    It's an activity my kids can participate in over the summer and teaches them where food really comes from plus I am hoping it makes them more willing to try new vegetables.

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      Laurel Bieschke 6/11/2020 3:58 PM
      Congrats on your garden! I don't have one at the moment, but some of my earliest and best memories are of picking green beans in our family garden. Kids can learn so much about science and our planet while also enjoying some time outside.  Love it!
  • Reflection Question
    Belongings Track My Purchases
    What have you noticed about your purchases? Where are you inclined to make shifts, if any?

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    Andrea Siegel 6/11/2020 11:28 AM
    Currently, most of my purchases are for groceries and books. We are back to borrowing books from the library now that curbside is available and have also switched to checking them out digitally vs. buying online and shipping.
  • 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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    Andrea Siegel 6/03/2020 12:59 PM
    We don't have a lot of leftovers, but since we are home for lunch every day now, we have leftovers as our main lunch option when we have any. Also, we have always used leftover fruit and veggie scraps for smoothies, fried rice, and veggie stock.
  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Choose Two-Sided Printing
    Choosing two-sided printing can be an easy adjustment on your computer settings. How can you help others make this same switch? Can it be encouraged company wide?

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    Andrea Siegel 6/03/2020 12:54 PM
    I office from home, so this is really a personal action and requires me to physically feed the paper in to print on its front and back. I try to save one-sided print outs to be reused for printing on the other side or for taking notes for work and school projects.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Buy Better Beauty Packaging
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Andrea Siegel 6/03/2020 12:52 PM
    Lead by example, promote/recommend my favorite products that have little to no packaging or are packaged in more sustainable materials (e.g. glass vs. plastic), create learning opportunities for my community via my participation on our neighborhood environmental committee (workshops, webinars, written blog posts and e-news content, etc.).
  • Reflection Question
    At Home De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

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    Andrea Siegel 6/03/2020 12:48 PM
    We are focusing on refusing, repairing, borrowing, accepting hand-me-downs, etc. ...and asking, "do I really need this?" every time we want to buy something.
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Hold the Mail
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin, too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

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    Andrea Siegel 6/03/2020 12:46 PM
    I had already unsubscribed from so many catalogs and mailings over the last few years, and yet we still receive at least 1-2 pieces of junk mail every day. They literally just get carried in and put in my recycling bin every day. Hoping I can eliminate these last few items of junk mail! 
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Make Green Cleaners
    Which household cleaners did you try making? Have you been able to simplify your cleaning routine?

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    Andrea Siegel 6/03/2020 12:29 PM
    Glass cleaner with vinegar-water-orange peels, surface cleaner with water and 7th gen dish soap, cleaning toilets with baking soda

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    Andrea Siegel 4/29/2020 12:28 PM
    Looking forward to kicking off the challenge in May!