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October 2 - October 23, 2019

Tucson Eco Team Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Food Weekly Meal Planning
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Does this surprise you? Where would you rather use this money?

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    Adrianne Stelzenmuller 10/11/2019 7:07 AM
    This does not surprise me. I would use the money to buy the highest quality local (as much as possible) foods, all the time or possibly hire an organic food delivery service. Possibly pay bills or adventure locally.
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

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    Maygan Fashiola 10/02/2019 9:13 AM
    Making a doctor's appointment was a big deal for me. But self-care is very important. I meditate, take walks to get up from my desk, take my meds on time every day. There are lots of ways to practice self-care, I consider even painting nails to be a form of it.
    Waste Go Paperless
    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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    Maygan Fashiola 9/24/2019 11:43 AM
    I have changed all of my paper billing to paperless and have even called some junk mail companies to have me taken off their lists. I love it.
    Waste Launch a Recycling Program
    How might thinking creatively help us address big systems problems differently?

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    Maygan Fashiola 9/24/2019 11:42 AM
    It all starts with one action and one person. I was so inspired by Greta Thornberg and how she has risen up to inspire millions. I choose to make at least one difference every day in the way I do things, to help make the world a better place.
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Maygan Fashiola 9/24/2019 11:38 AM
    I am very lucky to work for the Zoo, in that I can't throw a rock without hitting someone who knows what goes where at what time depending on what it is made of. I am very lucky that my colleagues know how important simple actions are and are willing to help me find what I need when I need it.

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    Maygan Fashiola 9/16/2019 12:53 PM
    Today I built a birdhouse using a recycled plastic carton I had waiting to go into the recycling. Easy and fun crafts out of recycled materials just seems like a no-brainer.

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    Maygan Fashiola 9/15/2019 9:53 AM
    Sometimes the thought of changing my routine seems daunting, especially when I see others counteracting my efforts. The biggest discourager is picking up trash in my local park every day. There is always something new to pick up and it seems never-ending. But if I don't do it, who will? My new mantra has become, "My thoughtful actions today will cancel out someone's ignorant inactions."
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

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    Maygan Fashiola 9/15/2019 9:50 AM
    Taking a 5-minute shower has not been as challenging as I predicted. I go in with intention. It also helps that I have very short hair :)
    I have been hand washing my dishes when I have the time to do so as well, instead of using my dishwasher for everything!

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    Maygan Fashiola 9/08/2019 11:03 AM
    Today, I went and got a 2-pack of reusable bottles from Costco. I recycled the packaging, of course. Now I have one bottle for my office, one for my car, and one I am supposed to take everywhere with me. I am so excited, and now I have zero need and zero excuses to ever need a plastic water bottle again. :)
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Maygan Fashiola 9/05/2019 1:59 PM
    Sometimes I will forget my bottle at home or work. Getting more than one reusable bottle will help the need to stop somewhere and get a plastic bottle.