Amy Stewart

Fantastic No Plastics

"To decrease my plastics use, increase my muscle-powered transportation, and learn more about ways I can live more in concert with Ma Nature."

Points Total

  • 5 Today
  • 5 This Week
  • 788 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    22
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    25
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    32
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    32
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Challenges

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Action Track: Social Justice

Express My Support

#54 Walkable Cities

I will find out who in my city makes decisions that impact neighborhood walkability and express my support for better walking infrastructure.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 22 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Diverting usable food

Divert usable food before it goes to the landfill and get it to people who are hungry

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Recycle Everything I Can

#55 Household Recycling

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 5 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 2 meal(s) with zero-waste each day

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during Drawdown Ecochallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Transport

Conduct Virtual Meetings

#63 Telepresence

I will encourage my office to hold meetings virtually whenever possible instead of requiring travel.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 2 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • Amy Stewart 1/20/2020 3:04 PM
    Saw this in Portland at a cafe. Great reason to buy a reusable JMOS mug. 😉

  • Amy Stewart 1/20/2020 3:04 PM
    Saw this in Portland at a cafe. Great reason to buy a reusable JMOS mug. 😉

  • Amy Stewart 1/20/2020 3:04 PM
    Saw this in Portland at a cafe. Great reason to buy a reusable JMOS mug. 😉

  • Amy Stewart 1/19/2020 9:29 PM
    If  you shop on  Amazon, here's how to get them to ship with as little packaging as possible and with biodegradable materials. Who knew you could do this?!:
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157664888054134&id=552724133

    • Erin M 1/20/2020 7:49 PM
      I *just* learned about this - thank you for spreading the word! It's great!

  • Amy Stewart 1/18/2020 4:49 PM
    This is an interesting   example of how our desire for convenience screws the environment 
       https://www.npr.org/2020/01/17/797100231/the-cost-of-free-casper-pays-a-price-for-generous-mattress-returns

    • Erin M 1/19/2020 1:29 PM
      Disturbing!!!  "Essentially four mattresses got made — three of which theoretically could have ended up in a landfill — just to get that one household the mattress that they want." 

  • Amy Stewart 1/14/2020 5:21 PM
    Not sure I am up to this level of game:
    https://www.todaysparent.com/family/family-life/how-a-family-of-four-became-a-zero-waste-family/

    • Erin M 1/18/2020 2:21 PM
      Agreed. I haven't yet done the deep dive, but the whole concept mentally daunts me! I mean, I'm CRAZY impressed, but I also just wonder... how? I know I'll learn more soon!
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

    Amy Stewart 1/14/2020 4:58 PM
    We're working hard on the "reduce" part of this equation; reducing our consumption from the start. Wishing there was a way to get some of our usual foods without the (often plastic) packaging...thinking yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, crackers, cereal. Milk I know I can get from the co-op in glass containers (Strauss) but I am not sure we can afford that long-term. Have to look into it more. Everything else I feel like I would need to make from scratch...am I that person anymore? Do I have that time? Is it even okay to say I don't have the time? Not sure. 
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy
    What did you learn about wave and tidal energy? How do they compare to other energy sources?

    Amy Stewart 1/10/2020 4:41 PM
    I feel like if I had a large chunk of money I would want to invest in this. I understand it's the most expensive form of energy generation right now, but the possibilities are just so huge. The only thing even close to being as predictable as tidal energy is energy-producing dams, which I'm not keen on. I do wonder about how the marine life navigates the apparatus. 
    https://www.smart-energy.com/industry-sectors/smart-energy/a-surge-in-wave-energy-activities-is-expected-in-2020/

    I know they are also developing solar panels for the ocean and also working to harness the power of coastal winds. I just listened to a lengthy npr Q& A about that but I can't remember what show it was on so I unfortunately can't provide the link. 

  • Amy Stewart 1/09/2020 9:36 PM
    I keep forgetting to mention that another option for plastic containers like clamshells, large yogurt containers, or cottage cheese/salsa containers, is to bring them to the Methodist church in town. On Tuesdays they host a community meal and they let people take home leftovers. When we volunteer there it always seems like there's not enough containers for all the folks. It's a way to get one more use out of the plastic. 

  • Amy Stewart 1/09/2020 9:28 PM
    A somewhat chilling, but true, call to action from Mother Earth:
    http://damnbored.tv/julia-roberts-nature-powerful-videos-ever/?fbclid=IwAR3cFHQFcfdmaBmK1v7xwoilKN3c7olk7tufjA19az_DTaIUBn6YMwpvtes