October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

McVey Ayres

Team Toreros

"Build Awareness and Community Around the Important Goal of Saving Food"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 810 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    27
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    0
    food items
    properly stored
  • up to
    0
    pounds
    food waste recorded per person
  • up to
    0
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    0
    zero waste recipes
    cooked
  • up to
    13
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    663
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    0
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Cooking

Cook From Root to Leaf

Utilize beet greens, carrot tops, and herb stems to make a delicious pesto, sauce, or dressing. I will try root-to-leaf recipes.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Half-Portions

I will ask for half-portions options at restaurants and cafes to minimize food waste.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Shopping

Keep it Local

Purchase local, seasonal produce, which will likely stay fresh longer as it was picked more recently than supermarket produce.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Shopping

Shop More Often

Grocery shop more often, and buy fresh foods in smaller quantities.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Shopping

Skip the Cart

Bigger carts make us feel like we need to fill them! Use a hand basket to improve grocery store discipline and prevent over-purchasing.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Shopping

Shop the Bulk Bins

Grains, nuts, and other dry goods are often sold in bulk bins that allow you to purchase only the quantity you need.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Planning

Eat the Leftovers

I will plan an Eat the Leftovers night by creating a tasty “smorgasbord" or using a recipe that repurposes leftovers. I will eat meals using leftovers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Planning

Meal Prep Mania

I will meal prep meals.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Cooking

Repurpose Leftovers

Give leftovers a new life! For example, use leftover rice to make fried rice. I will try a recipe that repurposes leftovers times.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Cooking

Swap This for That

Missing an ingredient for a recipe? Check this list to find the best substitutes.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food Systems

Smart Seafood Choices

I will visit seafoodwatch.org or download the app and commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food Systems

Advocate for More Food Options

I will advocate for local and/or organic food options at work or on campus.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Storage

Veggie Snacks

Place cut carrots and celery in jars filled with water to keep them fresh, crisp and easy to grab for up to a week. I will properly store veggie snacks.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Storage

Berries

To keep berries fresh, place them on top of a paper towel in a sealed container to absorb excess moisture and reduce chances of molding. I will properly store packs of berries.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Storage

Avocados

Allow green, unripe avocados to ripen on the counter, then transfer to the refrigerator. Once cut, keep the pit in and rub with lemon or oil to reduce browning. I will properly store avocados.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Storage

Apples

Store apples up to 7 days on the counter, then move them to the refrigerator. Keep them away from bananas and avocados as they speed ripening. I will properly store apples.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Shopping

Support Imperfection

20 billion pounds of fruits and veggies go to waste on farms every year, often because they don't live up to the cosmetic standards of grocery stores. Buy ugly produce at the grocery store, farmers market, or sign up for an ugly produce CSA box.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Shopping

Scrutinize Deals

Five bananas for $1 is a good deal only if you eat all five. Many stores offer the sale price even if you buy less than the stated quantity.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Shopping

Tap the Salad Bar

For recipes that call for small amounts of different vegetables, shop at the salad bar to get exactly what you need.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Shopping

Eat Before Shopping

Those who grocery shop on an empty stomach spend 64% more than not-hungry shoppers. Resist impulse buys by shopping with a full stomach. Eat a snack or a meal before going grocery shopping.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Shopping

Shop with Recipes In Mind

Create a shopping list with specific recipes and meals in mind. Purchase only what's on the list when you do groceries.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Cooking

Revive Limpy Produce

Rescue limpy produce like leafy greens or carrots by soaking in an ice bath.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Storage

Asparagus/Celery

Trim the ends of asparagus and place them in a jar or glass with 1-2 inches of water, just like fresh cut flowers. Keep them in the refrigerator. I will properly store bunches of asparagus/celery.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food Waste Tracking

Food Waste Tracking

Ready. Set. Record!

For each day during the food waste tracking week, record your food waste. This action accepts one entry per day, so be sure to enter one total for food waste across all of your meals, or weigh all of your food waste once at the end of each day. Please use ounces for unit of measurement.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • McVey Ayres 10/08/2019 7:16 PM
    I'm confused; somehow I thought I signed up for a 1 week long challenge from october 1 through 7th but I see that people are still checking in. Does anyone know the length of this challenge? :) thanks

    • Sarah Feteih 10/11/2019 10:06 AM
      Hi McVey!

      The October 1 - 7 dates were designated as the first week of food waste tracking, but the EcoChallenge is open and active until December 2020. You can continue to check in to the site to complete actions and challenges or post on the feed until the next food waste tracking week in January.

  • McVey Ayres 10/07/2019 7:42 PM
    This is the last day of the challenge, correct? Good job everyone. I'm glad I signed up for this it is a really great idea. 

  • McVey Ayres 10/06/2019 6:06 PM
    Just more avocado skin getting thrown out today

  • McVey Ayres 10/05/2019 9:05 PM
    Food waste weighed more today because of an avocado pit

  • McVey Ayres 10/04/2019 9:51 PM
    I haven't changed my habits too much (other than learning how to properly store berries and a few other useful tips) during this challenge--I was already very mindful of wasting food--but today I didn't have time to pack my lunch and I ate at La Paloma at USD for the first time. The portions were huge and I totally ate past the point of being full to avoid wasting anything. Next time I will take the suggestion of ordering a half portion. 

  • McVey Ayres 10/03/2019 8:26 PM
    Mostly just throwing away avocado peels. Weight of food waste is much higher with the pit-- haven't wased edible food. 

  • McVey Ayres 10/01/2019 10:48 PM
    Challenge is going well; didn't waste anything on day 1