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Carolyn Wieland

Eden Prairie Life

"Learning + Growing + Sharing = Doing my part to inspire others in this sustainable journey"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,273 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    36
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    31
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    pounds
    waste avoided
  • up to
    10
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Carolyn's Actions

Food

Cook Meals with Zero Plastic Waste

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make Your Own

I will try 1 new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s), such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Avoid Harmful Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polyvinyl, polystyrene and polycarbonate (#3,#6 and #7).

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Kids

Pack Waste-Free Lunches

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and reusable containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Ditch Disposable Decorations

I will avoid using disposable decorations, such as balloons and plastic table coverings, for special occasions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Switch to compostable floss

I will switch to compostable floss in a reusable container.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Choose Plastic-Free Deodorant

I will use deodorant that is a plastic-free bar, in a tin or a jar, or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Replace My Toothbrush

I will replace 2 of my household's plastic toothbrushes with recycled plastic, wood or bamboo toothbrushes.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    At Home Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Carolyn Wieland 2/16/2021 7:52 PM
    We watched Out of Plastic tonight. It was a really sobering reminder of the global impact all of our negative actions are making. Seeing the microplastics in the ocean was an eye opener. As that finds its way into fish and other ocean animals, some it eventually finds its way into our bodies too. Scary to think about!

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    Carolyn Wieland 2/14/2021 6:44 PM
    Well team, we are down to our last week of the challenge! How quickly time has passed! If you're like me, you still have a few one-time actions you might want to complete in the next day or so. Let's finish strong and try to accomplish all we set out to do! We're almost there, and the team has done so well!

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    Carolyn Wieland 2/09/2021 2:08 PM
    Some of you selected 'plan a garden' as one of your challenges. About this time last year I got the idea to plant a backyard garden in an effort to teach our kids about food, and to reduce some of the produce we were purchasing from the store. It was overwhelming at first trying to plot it all out and sow
    plants from seeds, but we did it! What questions do you have about starting your own garden?

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    Carolyn Wieland 2/06/2021 7:33 PM
    Team - You all are doing awesome with this challenge! Almost everyone has checked in at least 1 time, and we have 10 team members in the top 100 participants! Nice work!

    To date:
    We have made 143 zero-waste meals!
    We have saved 20 pounds of packaging waste from being disposed!
    We have picked up 25 pieces of litter!
    We have recycled 41 pounds of waste!

    We are halfway through this challenge and have made so much progress so far. Let's continue learning and working on ways to reduce waste in our lives!

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    Carolyn Wieland 2/02/2021 10:54 AM
    Trying to reduce plastic waste has also trickled into other areas of my life, like reducing trips in the car and using gas! Planning my errands and unnecessary trips is much like how I approach this challenge. You have to be mindful of it and put some effort into planning and anticipating what you are doing.

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    Carolyn Wieland 1/31/2021 7:49 PM
    I struggle with food pick up containers!! Has anyone had success getting restaurants to change their packaging? One restaurant nearby uses styrofoam, styrofoam! I think I may send the restaurant an email asking for them to think about using something else.

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      Carolyn Wieland 2/01/2021 9:32 AM
      Thanks for the response, Kyle! It's a restaurant in Eden Prairie, but I'm encouraged to reach out to the city as well to see what's in the works for getting dining establishments to commit to not using styrofoam.

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      Kyle Samejima 2/01/2021 9:05 AM
      If you are in Minneapolis, businesses are not allowed to use styrofoam and you can call 311. I do think letting businesses know that you love their food, but don't want to use styrofoam is so important. You can also encourage them to use the Foreverware system of reusable restaurant containers, like Namaste, Wise Acre and other restaurants are doing. https://foreverware.app/

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    Carolyn Wieland 1/30/2021 12:49 PM
    I made granola bars as my food challenge today! Everyone in the house LOVED them. Super easy to make, and easy to adjust to your tastes. Best of all, no plastic wrapper trash or cardboard box to recycle!

    No-Bake Protein Bars (adapted from Anytime Fitness)
    Ingredients:
    1.5 cups rolled oats, finely blended
    1/2 cup protein powder (I used vanilla)
    1/2 rice crisp cereal (I love the crunch this makes)
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 natural nut or seed butter
    1/2 pure maple syrup or honey 
    1 tsp vanilla extract (I skipped this as the vanilla protein powder has a strong flavor already)
    Optional mix ins: Mini chocolate chips, coconut chips, craisins, nuts, seeds, etc.

    Steps:
    1. Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper
    2. Mix the oat flour, protein powder, rice crisp, and salt together in a large bowl.
    3. Add in the nut or seed butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and stir until combined.
    4. Mix in your additional ingredients (chocolate chips, raisins, etc.)
    5. Press mixture into pan until smooth and place in freezer for 15 mins.
    6. Remove from freezer, cut into bars, and enjoy!!

    Store in tightly covered container. You can freeze these, store in the fridge, or store on the countertop (although they may get soft depending on your house temp.)

    Post on here if you decide to try this recipe! Would love to know what you think.

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    Carolyn Wieland 1/29/2021 6:53 PM
    Team - Great job working towards your actions this week! I'm so impressed by your desire to work towards these daily goals!

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    Carolyn Wieland 1/28/2021 2:23 PM
    Hey all, I've noticed that some of us have a huge number of 'check ins' (me included), while it's just not possible since it's a day to day check in process. Some people even have 40 check ins, and we know this challenge is shorter than 40 days! I've emailed Ecochallenge and they are aware of the issue. They haven't found the source of the problem, but will be releasing a fix soon that could catch inaccuracies. I don't think it's affecting total scores, as if you do the math (25 x # of days checked in), it doesn't add up. Hope this clears up some confusion!

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    Carolyn Wieland 1/28/2021 6:07 AM
    Welcome to the team, Seema and Mary Ann! Thank you for joining us! We hope you will find meaningful ways to make an impact not only today, but in the long term as well.