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Matt Eschenbrenner

Sioux Falls Conservation Alliance

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,374 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    34
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    34
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    110
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    176
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    65
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    106
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    61
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Matt's Actions

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

I will purchase food items with the least amount of packaging.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA-approved reusable quart-sized bag.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Matt Eschenbrenner 7/30/2021 6:16 AM
    Good morning,
    We are down to the last two days and I feel like the month has flown by. As a team we really picked it up this past week and I thank you for all of your dedication! We have moved up into 16th place out of nearly 400 teams. The team ahead of us is within striking distance and they have over 20 more team members than we do. This shows that we are big on quality over quantity. I will take quality any day. 

    It has been wonderful having you all on the team. Lets finish strong and more importantly, keep up our commitments long after this challenge is over. I look forward to seeing you all again next July!

    Matt

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    Matt Eschenbrenner 7/27/2021 6:18 AM
    Last week! Let's bring it home!!

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    Matt Eschenbrenner 7/23/2021 6:18 AM
    Happy Friday Team, 
    We are quickly approaching the last week of our challenge and we are currently 18th out of 387 teams. That is very impressive and I thank everyone that is participating and working to make a difference!
    Even with our strong standing, we could be doing more as a group. We are in 18th place and currently about half of our team has no checkins for the month. Think about that... And think about where we can end up if we ALL make a strong push during this final week. We are conservation organizations, and we live this stuff. Just because people do not check in does not mean they are not walking the talk in their daily lives. What checking in and logging our actions does do is quantify our efforts. Add our efforts together with the other 386 teams and we have significant data that can be used to change our world for the better. 
    So I will ask one last time.. Let's bring this home and finish strong together! Make the commitment to check in daily and record all of the good that we are doing. Our organizations and team members are working hard to be global conservation leaders, its time that more likeminded organizations know who we are. Lets get loud!
    Matt

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    Matt Eschenbrenner 7/16/2021 6:19 AM
    Happy Friday Team, 
    We are nearing the midpoint of the EcoChallenge and we are hanging out in the top 20 of 380. More importantly I feel that we are learning as individuals and creating positive habits that will continue long after this month is over. Please keep checking in daily and completing your actions. If you forgot a day, you can go back within 7 days and still check in. 
    Keep up the great work!

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    Matt Eschenbrenner 7/09/2021 6:15 AM
    Good morning team, 
    As the first full week comes to a close now is the perfect time to take a look back at the progress that is being made in a relatively short period of time. There is no denying the impact that this challenge has on the environment and it is my hope that we continue our efforts long after the official challenge is over. As a team we are still doing very well, in the top 20! Let's keep it going strong by checking in daily and committing to our actions. If you have yet to check in please take the time to do so, it is never too late!
    Have a great weekend everyone. 

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    Matt Eschenbrenner 7/02/2021 9:34 AM
    Hello Team, 
    We are off to a great start and a lot of action is being taken. We are currently in 14th place out of almost 350 teams. Let's keep this sprint out of the gates going throughout the weekend as we celebrate the holiday with friends and family. This will be the perfect opportunity to practice what we have been preaching when hanging out at BBQ's, the lake, or wherever your days take you. 

    If you have not checked in yet please take a moment to do so. Those little steps and improvements like saying no to straws will make a big difference before you know it. 

    Thank you for being part of the team and have a fantastic, safe and single use plastic free weekend. 
    Matt

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    Matt Eschenbrenner 6/30/2021 1:41 PM
    Alright Team, let's do this! Game on starting tomorrow!

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    Matt Eschenbrenner 6/22/2021 9:43 AM
    Welcome Butterfly House & Aquarium!