The 30-Day Environmental Diet Challenge
The Malvern Borough Environmental Advisory Council along with the Malvern Borough Parks and Recreation Committee invites you to join the Environmental Diet Challenge
The Environmental Diet Challenge begins on August 1st 2020. Get rewarded for making more sustainable choices!
To join the challenge, choose at least 1 of the activities below. Over the next 30 days take your chosen action(s) and keep us posted on your progress.
Share your progress with us! Email photos and updates to Malvern@Malvern.org! We will be sharing your stories and photos on the Malvern Borough’s website as well as the Parks and Recreation Committee’s Facebook page.
1. Litter Patrol
Show us how you can keep our streets, parks, and open spaces clean by picking up and disposing of 1 piece of trash daily. Then think about taking it to the next step–make sure that that piece of trash gets in the appropriate receptacle. Is it recyclable, or does it go to the landfill? Show us a picture of yourself cleaning up, and tell us about your trek. What was the craziest thing you found? Did you have to go out of your way to find something? Did you learn a little more about recycling? And, of course, always use caution and safety when picking up any trash.
2. Sipping Sustainably
Make a promise not to use a plastic straw. Plastic straws are one of the most widely used single-use plastics products. Straws are energy-intensive to produce but are too small to be recycled. They are not biodegradable and don’t break down naturally. Straws often end up in our waterways, which harms turtles and other wildlife when they ingest them. Think about the sea life you’re helping when you take this challenge, and snap a photo of the most unusual drink you had without a plastic straw. Let us know how you managed over the 30 days and whether you convinced others to skip the straw.
3. Idle No More
Help the drivers in your family to improve our air quality by turning the car off when idling. Exhaust emitted into the atmosphere from idling vehicles poses real health risks such as respiratory problems, asthma, and allergies. Carbon dioxide emissions from car exhaust also contribute to climate change. But turning off the engine saves gas, which means more money in your pocket. So shut that engine off when waiting for take-out or curbside pickup, when waiting in a pickup/drop-off line, or when taking a phone call or lunch break. Where was the most unusual place you were idle without idling? Tell us whether you become more aware of others idling.
With these individual actions, we can witness the power of change, form new habits, and help make Malvern a healthier and a more environmentally sustainable community. Let’s get ready to make a difference!