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October 7 - October 28, 2020
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Raelynn Henson

State of Oregon Employees

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 199 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0.7
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    6.0
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • up to
    4.0
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1.4
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    0.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3.0
    pounds
    waste composted
  • up to
    34
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Raelynn's Actions

Health

Learn More about Food Apartheid

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes learning about food apartheid and find out how I can advocate for healthy and fresh food in my region.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Health

Happiness

Do at Home

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Whole Foods Diet

Do at Home

I will enjoy 2 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Zero-Waste Cooking

Do at Home

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Waste

Compost Food Waste

Do at Home

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill each day by composting my food or learning how to.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you or aren't allowed to use the one you brought? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

    Raelynn Henson's avatar
    Raelynn Henson 10/14/2020 4:26 PM
    I ran into this issue just yesterday. What I came up with was to position the unbagged produce in my cart on top of some other (safe!) items. Since I thoroughly wash all produce before using it, this was acceptable. I'll have to give more thought to how to purchase bulk items (nuts, dried fruit, legumes) without a bag. The virus restrictions do make it more difficult. 

    • Jenine Gomez's avatar
      Jenine Gomez 10/20/2020 9:17 AM
      A while back my husband and I purchased reusable mesh bags for produce.  I keep them in my regular "bag of bags" for shopping.  Other than small seeds and spices, we use them for everything.  No plastic needed.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Happiness
    How does/can practicing gratitude keep you centered and motivated to work for a better world?

    Raelynn Henson's avatar
    Raelynn Henson 10/14/2020 4:22 PM
    This practice causes one to be on the lookout for the next recipient of thanks -- and that's a natural uplift. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Zero-Waste Cooking
    In North America, up to 65% of food waste happens at the consumer level. Chef Steven Satterfield advocates for using every part of a vegetable. How can you incorporate using an entire vegetable (including the skins, tops, stalks, etc.) during your next meal prep?

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    Raelynn Henson 10/14/2020 4:20 PM
    The little bits of vegetable that I put in the compost bin are being "used" when we spread the resulting compost on our garden. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Whole Foods Diet
    Michael Pollan states that “it is better to pay the grocer (our edit: or the farmer!) than the doctor.” What are your thoughts on this assertion?

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    Raelynn Henson 10/12/2020 5:06 PM
    It's the truth! I feel so much better after adjusting my diet to include lots of whole plants.