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Eric Luedtke

St. Peder's Earth Stewards

"... that all might know that they are loved!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 170 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0.6
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    5.1
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    5.0
    minutes
    spent learning

Eric's Actions

Food

Make Your Own

I will try a new recipe or food preparation method, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Ditch the Baggie

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Switch to compostable floss

I will switch to compostable floss in a reusable container.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Footprint

I will complete a plastic consumption calculator to learn about my plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will avoid 2 plastic bags each time I go shopping by not bagging my produce or using reusable produce bags.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about plastic waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate Your Plastic Footprint
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Eric Luedtke 2/09/2022 1:55 PM
    I think there are a number of categories of plastic items that weren't accounted for in the calculator - it seems like we don't have very many plastic containers then all at once we empty them and the recycling bin fills up in no-time.  The calculator helps be conscious of how often I do use certain items though.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make Your Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

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    Eric Luedtke 2/09/2022 1:53 PM
    I don't mind preparing food, it's the planning that gets tiresome, especially when planning for others in the family who sometimes aren't as excited about what I have prepared.  That said, I haven't bought pre-processed foods much for quite some time - long ago I discovered how little I like things that come in a box or can for a meal.
  • 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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    Eric Luedtke 2/08/2022 12:46 PM
    It depends a bit on each product, but in general I think the plastic is largely to increase the profitability of the producer/distributor. Many items are packaged in a specific size so that the profit margins are feasible. 
    Secondarily I think it's convenience that the consumer doesn't need to plan ahead to make purchases and the container is already provided for the item rather than the consumer planning to buy an item and bringing the necessary container to get it home (think about pre-wash-spinach, what would it take to buy it in bulk versus just "grabbing a bag"?) 

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    Eric Luedtke 2/08/2022 12:35 PM
    I finally signed up!
    Now that I'm here I realize how many of these items we've already been doing as a family. Little steps that make a big impact. Now we have to dig in to find additional little steps we can take.