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Todd Horn

Foundations and Practice of Sustainability 2019

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Todd's Actions

Consumption and Economy

Carry my Trash

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

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Consumption and Economy

Support Local Businesses

I will buy from local businesses instead of shopping online.

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Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

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Community

Join my Neighborhood Association

I will join my neighborhood association or another local group.

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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.

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    Todd Horn 10/30/2019 11:31 AM
    This challenge for me was pretty difficult.  I support a lot of local restaurants and drinking establishments but locally shopping for items instead of on-line is, for me, a huge headache. I wanted to challenge myself and this was one of my biggest challenges so far.  As many of us, in the US, we have gotten bit by the Amazon/On-line purchasing bug.  I,for one,  when this kind of shopping came out thought it was the best thing ever invented.  While I enjoy socializing at a restaurant or the local grocery store I despised going shopping for other goods.  My wife this week needed a new dress for a social gathering in a couple of weeks.  I said lets go shopping at a local boutique.  After she almost had a heart attack from hearing me say lets go shopping we adventured out.  To make a long story longer, we went to CurveJunkie Plus Size Boutique.  It is off Manchester in the Grove and honestly it was one of the more pleasant experiences that I have had shopping.  The two employees that were in the store took care of my wife's needs and desires for the dress that she wanted and she was pleased with the price and the product.  She said that we needed to start shopping more locally and I believe this will start a going trend for us

    • Haha! I love your story, and I know how challenging this can be. I still buy certain things from Amazon because I have difficulty finding them at an affordable price locally, and well... it's really convenient. But supporting local economies is really important to me, so I'm trying to shift my behavior more and more.

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    Todd Horn 10/18/2019 6:18 AM
    I found an interesting article when I was on line today.  This seems like an excellent and sustainable way of doing clean up and yard work for not only the abandoned spaces in our city but also our personal lawns as well. Hopefully I posted the link correctly.

     https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/photos-goats-make-quick-work-of-urban-clearing/collection_f1a82ec7-206b-505f-8444-29045f3abb02.html#28

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    Todd Horn 10/10/2019 7:03 AM
    The challenge that I completed for say no to plastic was one of the most difficult challenges I have had to do in my life.  I just never realized all of the packaging that is plastic based.  A good thing that came our of this was we have more room on our shelved and in our refrigerator with all of the packaging removed.  It has also made my wife and I shop more often at local vendors rather than the big box stores.  

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      Lacy Cagle 10/10/2019 12:35 PM
      I'm impressed! That's a difficult challenge to take on!