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matthew a

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Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

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Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

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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.

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Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

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Watch a Documentary

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

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Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 25 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 1 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

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Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

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Say No to Plastic Bags

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

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    matthew a's avatar
    matthew a 7/01/2021 8:58 PM
    difficult, a work in progress, but an exciting start. 

    thankfully I hadn't yet gone shopping, because I was still overwhelmed at how would I cope without the nice free bags to line the garbage, as opposed to having to spend money on bags. 

    but an article here under the challenge was really helpful. Like this one person blogged about how they were able to not use any bags for liner since they didn't have any wet or icky stuff (that went to compost). That was nice and I felt understood and less bad cause I have waste from being sick (vomit, etc sorry if TMI) that I feel shouldn't go to a compost 

    I hope to figure out, research, and am open to any ideas on apartment-friendly compost what I can compost. And try something similar to the newpaper liner idea for dry stuff, except with like papers I've had to use for school and stuff. 

    anyways, for now i'm happy to this challenge has linked me to some resources and i'm happy in the meantime to spend some time learning to really make informed, sustainable changes. 

    (and this was the article)
    https://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/02/collecting-garbage-without-plastic-trash-bags/

    • Julie McGrath's avatar
      Julie McGrath 7/02/2021 8:40 AM
      HI Matthew, 
      Thank you for sharing that article!  We too use the plastic bags for our trash, as it makes it easy to take it out to the trash can, and keeps it neatly together when the trash truck comes.  (we find that there is often trash floating along the yards in our neighborhood, from trash that is loosely put in the can and escapes when being transferred to the truck).  I also find that when I use my recyclable bags, that they hold so much food and only need a couple to take in to the store with me.  While, the plastic bags, only a few items are put in them and holes are easily created from a sharp corner.