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Emily Honeyball

Foundations and Practice of Sustainability 2020

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 292 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    14
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    petitions
    signed

Emily's Actions

Transportation

Locally-Sourced Meals

I will source 4 meal(s) from local producers each day this week.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Consumption and Economy

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Say No to Plastic

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. This week, I'll say "no" to plastic bags at the store and plastic straws in all of my drinks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Choose Organic Ingredients

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) cooked with organic ingredients each day this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

Water

Watch The Story of Bottled Water

I will watch The Story of Bottled Water to learn more about bottled water's impacts on the environment.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of an environmental or social initiative in my state.

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Reduce My Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint and talk with my family or roommates about way we can reduce our negative enviromental impact.

Completed
One-Time Action

Ecological Principles

Recycle Everything I Can

I will recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community this week.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Talk To Others

I will tell 5 people why sustainability is important to me and what my vision for a sustainable world is.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Learn About Local Issues

I will find out what local sustainability issues are most urgent in my region, including both social and environmental justice concerns.

Completed
One-Time Action

A Call to Sustainability

Pay Attention to Current Events

I will watch or read the news each day this week with a specific focus on sustainability issues and happenings.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Emily Honeyball's avatar
    Emily Honeyball 11/18/2020 7:03 PM
    This week I collected all my trash headed for the landfill. It was definitely a bit upsetting to see how much waste my household comes up with in a week. Over the course of this semester I have become increasingly aware of the bits of non-recyclable plastic that come out of my purchases. I’m definitely making progress in this area though. I have my partner take a reusable fork for his meals at work instead of grabbing a plastic one from their break room. Instead of grabbing a paper towel for my snack, I use a plate. It’s also amazing how much longer supplies last when you make little changes like this. 

    • Sydney Hwang's avatar
      Sydney Hwang 11/18/2020 9:46 PM
      Hi Emily! I agree that making small changes really make a difference! Right now in college I chose to not buy any disposable plates or utensils so I would be forced to use my own reusable ones. It is inconvenient but I really hope it makes a difference! 

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    Emily Honeyball 11/11/2020 7:32 PM
    This week I actively tried to reduce my plastic purchases and usage. I think I did fairly well, other than the plastic container a cleaning product came in. I have since ordered a trial sample from a reusable cleaning supply company. They send reusable bottles with vials of cleaning product you mix with water. You keep the bottles and they just send refills of the cleaning solutions. The solutions themselves are made from sustainable ingredients and no harmful chemicals. I am very excited for this to come! 

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    Emily Honeyball 11/04/2020 8:26 PM
    I made it a point to purchase only organic produce and products. This made my action rather easy. I plan to keep this up going forward. I want to find a market that sources organic produce locally, as I learned from making my food journal that my usual store is not upfront about where their products come from. I didn’t have much to say about where my food was from as I filled it out. 

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    Emily Honeyball 9/30/2020 9:08 PM
    My discussions have varied depending on the person I am speaking to. When I talked to my dad, he was engaged and had thoughts to share. He matched my enthusiasm. 
    When I tried to have a conversation with my boyfriend's parents, they essentially responded with the "smile and nod" tactic. Their interest in sustainability, any facet of it, was zero. This was repeated when attempting to discuss with one of my uncles. 
    This kind of half-listening, is a central problem facing us as we try to tackle sustainability issues. Getting people to understand that these issues do touch their lives is hard. It is extremely frustrating. However, I will keep trying to spark critical thinking in those around me. 

    • Jamie Kenyon's avatar
      Jamie Kenyon 10/01/2020 12:29 PM
      I wonder if they feel it's beyond their repair, responsibility. I still keep trying the "your children's children" will pay the tab or reap the reward approach, with limited success. We have to keep trying.

    • Mary Ann Lazarus's avatar
      Mary Ann Lazarus 10/01/2020 7:01 AM
      Emily: Thanks for sharing this feedback. Having these kind of conversations if very hard and something we'll be talking about throughout the semester. Finding a common ground from which to work is important, but a challenge!