Week 13 – Use Goodsearch instead of Google

Goodsearch is a Yahoo-powered search engine that contributes 50% of its revenue (1 penny per search) to an organization designated by the user.  A similar donation can be made through Google-powered “Search Kindly”, but that does not let the user choose the organization.  Although I much prefer Google over Yahoo, I decided to switch to Goodsearch…

Week 12 – Eat Less Meat

One of the biggest changes that a person can make to reduce her environmental impact is to eat less meat.    Here are some of the environmental impacts of raising animals for meat: Factory farm run-off pollutes streams and rivers. Raising animals consumes huge amounts of water.  One estimate shows that growing 1lb of wheat…

Reflections So Far

Now that I’ve been doing the challenge for 78 days (just looked that up, I haven’t been counting), I wanted to reflect on how my daily life has changed.  The changes that I deal with most often are taking the stairs and speeding less.  I constantly have to remind myself to slow down.  My favorite…

Week 11 – Take Navy Showers

Thanks to the book “Sleeping Naked is Green”, I was exposed to the idea of navy showers.  When taking a navy shower, you turn the water off while soaping up. I tried this a few times and realized it wasn’t bad; so now I will do it for every shower.  This means that I have…

Week 10 – Use My Own Containers

In order to avoid packaging (and the extra resources needed to make/ dispose of it) I will start to buy as many things as possible in my own containers.  For a few years, I have purchased rice, flour, and sugar in my own containers.  This means that I go to a store (Outpost, Willy Street…

Week 9 – Stop buying things that contain palm oil

Mahal was the baby orangutan at the Milwaukee County Zoo.  I have an unusual fascination with zoos, so I visited Mahal an unusual number of times for an adult without kids.  Unfortunately, poor Mahal died when he was only 5 years old due to pneumonia.  In his remembrance, I will stop buying things that contain palm oil. Palm…