July 1 - July 31, 2019

Homer Aalfs

Seattle Children's Hospital Green Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 589 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill



Travel Smart

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

One-Time Challenge


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.

One-Time Challenge


Watch a Documentary

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

One-Time Challenge


Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.



Minimize Packaging

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



  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Homer Aalfs 7/31/2019 3:17 PM
    This challenge requires lots of forethought, and being prepared. There were a few days/instances where I was unable to complete the challenge because I didn't plan ahead (needing to buy something unexpected and not having bags with me). Having an ample supply of reusable produce bags and grocery bags that were easily accessible made this easier.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

    Homer Aalfs 7/31/2019 3:15 PM
    Throughout this past month, I've become increasingly mindful of how prevalent single use plastic packaging is. It feels like in our current country and system, living "normally" and buying "standard" products necessitates single use plastic - in order to avoid using single use plastic completely, extreme measures must be taken. As a household, we try to buy in as much bulk as possible to minimize the ratio of plastic packaging to food, and use reusable containers/produce bags/etc. Nonetheless, as a household we still generate some single use plastic waste.  I feel like systemic change in single use plastic requires both consumers and corporations to change their methods. Are there creative ways for individuals to repurpose/utilize their single use plastic packaging?
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

    Homer Aalfs 7/11/2019 1:04 PM
    For a daytrip to Northwestern Washington, I planned ahead by packing a cooler bag with food and snacks in re-usable tupperware with silverware from home. Having access to a cooler bag, some ice packs, and the time to cook can make a big difference towards preventing unnecessary waste such as food containers, disposable silverware, and more. I took multiple re-usable water bottles with me as well.