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October 1 - October 31, 2023

Heartland College EASC 111 Feed

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Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


  • Sarah Ntumba's avatar
    Sarah Ntumba 11/01/2023 9:56 AM
    I learn a lot things from others about they experiences .
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Buy Bamboo
    Are bamboo alternatives readily available in your community? If not, what are other sustainable alternatives?

    Jacqueline Speirer's avatar
    Jacqueline Speirer 10/31/2023 9:53 PM
    It is kind of a hit or miss for what's available. The best things I can find that are usually made of bamboo are cleaning supplies (brushes) and hygiene care (toothbrushes). That being said, if you know where to look it isn't as hard to find them. I do think there is a big problem in our community with green-washing though, especially in places that college students frequent like Target or Walmart. I have started to switch out sponges for bamboo brushes though, which works better for my health needs anyways.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Land Sinks Forest-Friendly Foods 1
    How is your diet currently impacting deforestation? What can you do to decrease your negative impact and increase your positive impact?

    Jacqueline Speirer's avatar
    Jacqueline Speirer 10/31/2023 9:51 PM
    So, the main thing with being completely gluten-free is in most cases a lot of the food I buy is USDA organic which implies it is at least healthier for the environment. That being said, gluten-free grains are not super sustainably sourced. That is usually because some of the grains that are grown specifically for gluten-free individually such as quinoa erode the soil quickly, making it harder to grow stuff their long term. This usually causes forests to be cut down for new farming land where they continue to erode the soil.

  • Sarah Ntumba's avatar
    Sarah Ntumba 10/31/2023 6:23 PM
    Not so bad, but I still don't understand
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Industry Plastics Audit
    What was the hardest item to reduce using or cut out that is plastic? Did you find a way to do it?

    Rose Harshbarger's avatar
    Rose Harshbarger 10/31/2023 5:16 PM
    Food plastic containers, now these aren’t necessarily all single use but it’s the hardest plastic to cutout. I found it difficult to fully cut out, but I reduced some of it by changing my diet.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Smaller Portions
    While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come from eating/serving smaller portions?

    Rose Harshbarger's avatar
    Rose Harshbarger 10/31/2023 5:13 PM
    Reducing the chance of overeating, more conscious eating, less food waste (though who throws away leftovers, etc.)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Cook With Seaweed
    What recipe did you make and how did it turn out? Will you cook with seaweed again?

    Olivia Rozanski's avatar
    Olivia Rozanski 10/31/2023 9:38 AM
    I tried out a Miso soup recipe from the website https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/miso-soup. This link will take you to the recipe.

  • Janet  Beach Davis's avatar
    Janet Beach Davis 10/31/2023 6:47 AM
    Let’s finish strong! It’s the last day to change the world!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Buildings Fix Leaky Faucets
    What are other easy and low-cost ways to reduce your water usage at home?

    shelby sledge's avatar
    shelby sledge 10/30/2023 5:18 PM
    Shut the water off when it is not being used and take shorter showers. These are just a few things that you could do.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Coastal, Ocean, and Engineered Sinks Learn about Biochar
    Can biochar provide additional benefits besides sequestering carbon?

    Olivia Rozanski's avatar
    Olivia Rozanski 10/30/2023 12:00 PM
    Absolutely. It can improve plant health, reducing needs for pesticides.