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25 Days of New Normal X Christmas!

24 Eco-Friendly Challenges from Dec 1st- Dec 25th, 2023

The Adventure:

We can't wait to deliver all of your Christmas gifts! But, we need to save the environment first to make it a temperature lowk enough for Santa to deliver the gifts. Be one of Santa's helpers each day to get your Christmas gifts! 

The Challenge:

Each of the 24 challenges will be small eco-friendly challenges that you can complete to help benefit the environment! They will be posted each day on our story (and here) from now until Christmas Eve! The links to a Google Form for you to confirm your completion of the challenge will be available until Christmas Eve for you to complete and each challenge completed will drop the temperature by 1 degree for Santa. 

The Gifts:

ALL participants will receive a discount to our merchandise store + each challenge completed will receive 1 volunteer hour

Top 3 will get special prizes:

1. $15 Gift Card, Free NNX Sweatshirt, Additional Free NNX Merch Item

2. $10 Gift Card, Free NNX Merch Item

3. $5 Gift Card OR Free NNX Sweatshirt

The Goal:

Christmas Eve (Dec 24th, 2023) will be the day of the 24th/final challenge. If the temperature drops low enough for Santa, Santa can deliver the fits on Christmas Day! 

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 25 days of eco-friendly challenges :)

Challenge 24 (December 24th):

It’s time to reflect for the final challenge! Answer some reflection
questions regarding the challenges!

Challenge 23 (December 23rd):

This challenge is to decrease the amount of meat you eat. It takes a lot of time, money and resources to get the animal meat. If we reduce this, we can save lots of resources. Try starting once a week, with Meatless Mondays and work from there.

Challenge 22 (December 22nd):

This challenge is to get a web browser extension called Ecosia! It helps plants trees by using the money from advertisements to plant trees! Every 45 searches are equal to one tree with the web browser. Make sure you download it on a personal device. Submit a screenshot once finished!

Challenge 21 (December 21st):

This challenge is to decrease the amount of meat you eat. It takes a lot of time, money and resources to get the animal meat. If we reduce this, we can save lots of resources. Try starting once a week, with Meatless Mondays and work from there.

Challenge 20 (December 20th):

This is a new challenge to see how much you've been helping or hurting the environment! Please visit the website on the form and take the survey to see! Then, take a screenshot of the last screen and upload it onto the google form! Try to see what you can do better or how you can improve on your carbon footprint by continuing to do these challenges and so many other things you can do!

Challenge 19 (December 19th):

Ask your parents to either click no receipt or e-receipt when at a store. Not all stores have this feature, but for those that do, please make sure to do them. This will help save paper and ink!

Challenge 18 (December 18th):

Take reusable bags to the grocery store, or anywhere to save plastic! If you have kept your plastic bags, make sure to use them as trash bags or something before you start using reusable bags. Try and estimate how many bags you saved by using reusable bags.

Challenge 17 (December 17th):

Try and tell your parents to save gas when waiting for traffic to move. For example, when in the carpool lane, you can turn off your engine for a minutes at a time which will save gas. Or, when going to pick someone up, turn off the engine so that less carbon emissions are emitted.

Challenge 16 (December 16th):

Wash your clothes with cold water. Most settings are automatically set to warm water, but it really isn't necessary to do so. By doing so, you will help save energy (because it takes energy to warm the water) and it also reduces wrinkles!

Challenge 15 (December 15th):

Save energy! You can do that by unplugging your appliances when you aren't using them because they still take up energy for no reason. Also, when any piece of technology has reached full charge, unplug it because it also uses up energy.

Challenge 14 (December 14th):

Combine errands, or tell your parents to combine errands. This will help save gas-saving time, money, and the environment! For example, instead of going to the store 10 different times, try to go once and plan out everything for the week to save gas and the environment.

Challenge 13 (December 13th):

Start a compost pile so there is less waste. This is basically just a pile of your leftover food. Find a cheap garbage bag or bin to store your compost. Then put any and all organic matter leftover in the bin. Some examples of organic matter are food waste + all biodegradable waste.

Challenge 12 (December 12th):

When not in a room, make sure to turn off the lights because it wastes a lot of energy. This also wastes a lot of money and resources. If you have energy saver bulbs make sure to do it when you leave a room for more than 15 minutes because sometimes it can be detrimental!

Challenge 11 (December 11th):

Recycle Responsibly: This challenge is to try your best to recycle. Make sure to check your local recycling policies to make sure that you are recycling responsibly. Try and help with recycling at the workplace and work to recycle things about the home to have a cleaner environment!

Challenge 10 (December 10th):

Fashionable Fruits: Stay up-to-date with the types of fruits you're eating! If you eat the fruits and veggies specific from the season that we are experiencing, it will help the environment greatly because it will take less resources to grow crops that are meant for that weather and they will taste better as well!

Challenge 9 (December 9th):

One Straw At a Time: Did you know that Americans use 500 million straws every day? Unfortunately, plastic straws don't biodegrade over time. Therefore, using reusable (or no) straws is much more beneficial to the environment and it saves money! While it may seem like reusable straws cost a lot upfront, over time, they end up being cheaper than disposable straws!

Challenge 8 (December 8th):

Reusable Bags: Use reusable bags when you go to the grocery store, carry books from the library or anything else! A good practice is to keep them in your car so that you don't forget them at home! Try and estimate how many bags you saved by using reusable bag! This will help in so many ways and decrease your carbon footprint so much!

Challenge 7 (December 7th):

Shorter Showers: Decrease your shower time! People spend hours under showers every week and it wastes a lot of water whereas people in other countries don't even have enough water to drink. Try to start taking 10 minute showers. Start slow, and work your way up to shorter showers because it will save time, money and water!

Challenge 6 (December 6th):

Reusable Containers: Start using reusable containers instead of using too much plastic! Many people bring things in Zip-locs or one-time-use bags, please make sure to start using reusable containers!

Challenge 5 (December 5th):

Don't Waste Food: Almost 40% of all food is wasted in the United States, and it really hurts the environment. If we try and eat all of our food, it will help everyone, and help solve other problems as well!

Challenge 4 (December 4th):

Save Water: A lot of people around the world don't turn off their faucets when brushing their teeth, or shaving their beards. Try and save water and when brushing, turn off the faucet. It would help the environment a lot!

Challenge 3 (December 3rd):

Reusable Water Bottles: Bring reusable water bottles wherever you go! They help reduce the plastic in the ocean because some scientists say that there is more plastic in the ocean than fish!

Challenge 2 (December 2nd):

Plant Plants: Today’s challenge is to plant a plant! It can be any type, a tree, fruit, or even a flower. Plants capture CO2 and release oxygen into the earth which strongly benefits the environment!

Challenge 1 (December 1st):

Decrease Thermostat: If you turn your thermostat down by one degree, your heating costs will decrease by about 3 percent. Turn it down five more degrees for four hours a day and reduce your heating bills by almost 6 percent! It also helps save the environment greatly!

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