July 1 - July 31, 2019

Sandy B

Neighbours for the Planet

"We have to stop filling our planet with plastics that never go away!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 860 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    spent learning
  • up to
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill



Buy Only What I Need

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



Discover Together

I will spend 30 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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 Containers

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).



Use Reusable Bags

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



Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging.



Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

One-Time Challenge


Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day.



  • Sandy B 7/13/2019 7:56 PM
    I had a good time talking with a friend today about all the challenges of reducing plastic waste and how we could do much more to decrease it.  It is a big challenge as we really have gotten use to all the conveniences of plastic and how its such a big part of our lives and in so many products we purchase, even clothing!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Sandy B 7/12/2019 8:17 PM
    We are not thinking of the long term consequences of our actions that pollute.  It seems like a minor impact individually but we have to remember the world population is so large now and most of us have a huge carbon footprint.  We need to take responsibility to ensure that the climate is not irreparably damaged and that pollution is stopped.  We are so wasteful and we need to change and also we need to demand that our elected representatives hold industries and companies accountable.

  • Sandy B 7/11/2019 8:35 PM
    This has been a much tougher challenge than I originally thought it would be!  It is so easy to slip up and use single use plastics that could have been avoided.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

    Sandy B 7/08/2019 8:04 PM
    It is nice not to use shopping as entertainment, and even my 'health and safety' purchases are few and far between.  I really reflect on how the purchases will add value to my life and think about their eventual disposal and their environmental cost.    

  • Sandy B 7/08/2019 7:51 PM
    I hope everyone's challenges are going well!  Any good documentary recommendations about plastic pollution?

  • Sandy B 7/06/2019 8:04 PM
    I realize that most of my daily challenges are about shopping and I am significantly trying to shop less/buy less so I often only shop about once a week or even less.  I don't ever do fast food or even coffee shops, preferring to make smoothies, tea, or coffee at home.  When I do shop though, it is typically at Costco which is a single use plastic nightmare venue!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Sandy B 7/06/2019 7:52 PM
    I realize that picking up litter is an easy thing that I can do to make my community more in harmony with nature.  It makes me feel like an active participant in keeping our neighbourhoods clean and beautiful and setting a good example to those who might be inclined to litter.

  • Sandy B 7/05/2019 8:33 PM
    Wow, it really is eye opening how much plastic is a part of our daily lives. 

  • Sandy B 7/03/2019 8:24 PM
    It was a nice feeling picking up garbage in the schoolyard today, such an easy thing to do!

  • Sandy B 7/02/2019 8:56 PM
    Grocery shopping is definitely a challenge!  It did feel good putting most of  my veggies on the checkout belt without bags but my romaine lettuce came in its own bag, grrrr!