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Ethan Siddall

Capstone Winter 21

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 37 This Week
  • 53 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Ethan's Actions

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.

One-Time Action


Watch a Documentary

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

One-Time Action


Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) each day this week.

One-Time Action


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    Ethan Siddall 1/21/2021 9:52 AM
    I decided to start small this week, and focus on getting in the habit of using my water pitcher instead of bottled water again. I pulled out my old forty ounce water bottle from its cabinet, and I took the time necessary to fill the pitcher every day. The problem with the pitcher is that it holds upwards of a hundred ounces of water. Filtering that amount of water in one sitting can take as long as fifteen or even twenty minutes, which is why I usually resort to bottled water. 

    However, if I refill it immediately after one use, then I'm able to replenish the pitcher without wasting time on my part. It's actually a lot more convenient for me, because I don't have to dispose of all the plastic bottles on my desk anymore. It's funny how certain habits turn out to be more efficient than others once you try them.

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    Ethan Siddall 1/11/2021 8:13 PM
    Currently, I'd like to consider myself at least somewhat environmentally conscious. I recycle weekly, I don't really eat meat, and I have a car, but I use it minimally. When it comes to electronics, my usage is predictably high, although that can't really be helped given current circumstances. My phone is relegated to calls and text messages only, and I use a power strip for all my computer components in order to reduce electricity consumption.

    Some things I indulge in too much. For instance, I probably spend a good twenty minutes in the shower every day. I have a water pitcher attached with a filter, but I'm often too lazy to refill it, so I end up switching to the bottled water that my parents purchase for themselves. Although our recycling bin is always full at the end of the week, I could stand to recycle more things if I bothered. Certain cardboard and plastic food containers could be diverted from the trash can if I took some time to clean them in the sink first.

    I have various ways that I can change my lifestyle to be more sustainable. With time, I am confident that I can enact these changes, and discover more ways that I can increase my environmental friendliness.

    • amy minato's avatar
      amy minato 1/15/2021 8:39 AM
      Being aware is the first step, making a plan the next...  I bought a Berkey filter which holds 5 gallons. much easier than a water filter