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Lisa Brenskelle

Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston

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Become a Recycling Pro

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 20 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.



Write Letters, Emails or Sign Petitions

I will write or sign 1 letters, emails or petitions per day to advocate for plastic-free or planet-friendly policies.



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    Lisa Brenskelle 7/27/2022 4:30 PM
    I selected daily environmental/eco-justice advocacy as an ecochallenge, hoping to get back into the habit.  I plan to continue.  I easily get 1 or 2 requests for such advocacy nearly every day from various environmental non-profits.

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    Lisa Brenskelle 7/21/2022 3:18 PM
    It's somewhat amazing that I can find at least one new environmental justice advocacy request every day. Speaks to the enormous need in this space.

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    Lisa Brenskelle 7/17/2022 12:04 PM
     I completed my waste audit and I learned that much of what I throw away is non-recyclable plastic. So, I've decided to pursue several options:  (1) avoid practices that create this waste (such as getting take-out), (2) change to preparing certain foods at home instead of purchasing them (like cookies), and (3) look into Terracycle (, to see if there are more plastic materials that could be recycled through their programs. 

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    Lisa Brenskelle 7/15/2022 4:52 PM
    I'm nearly done with my waste audit, which I've accomplished by writing down everything that has been tossed in the trash in my house for a week.  I've found that the majority is plastic.  Not all of it could be avoided, but I'm taking a hard look at ways I can reduce it, such as making my own cookies, instead of buying packaged ones, making my own pasta, chips (in the air fryer!), etc...  If taken one at a time, I can make steady progress in reducing plastic waste without being overwhelmed.

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      Mary Hanks 7/15/2022 5:32 PM
      My waste audit didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. Most of the waste generated is related to caring for animals, which includes house cats as well as the feral cats and other denizens of the back yard. There's no feasible alternative to cat litter, given the limited size of the yard, and even the ferals dislike every single kind of homemade cat food I've tried making.  :)  

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    Lisa Brenskelle 7/12/2022 4:32 PM
    I started a week-long waste audit on Sunday, recording everything that we throw away in our household.  So far, most of the waste is plastic packaging.  Really brings home the plastic pollution problem.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Become a Recycling Pro
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Lisa Brenskelle 7/08/2022 3:17 PM
    I learned that I need to remove caps from bottles, and other tips in this great article on recycling right in Houston:  Check it out!

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    Lisa Brenskelle 7/06/2022 10:12 AM
    During a previous ecochallenge, I got into the habit of daily e-advocacy on environmental topics. But, I fell out of the habit.  I'm using this ecochallenge to resurrect that good habit.  
  • Reflection Question
    Community Write Letters, Emails or Sign Petitions
    How might thinking creatively help us address big systems problems - like plastic pollution - differently?

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    Lisa Brenskelle 7/02/2022 11:04 AM
    Thinking outside the box is how we create new technology (I work in research & development).  Certainly new technology may be brought to bear on this problem, but thinking outside the box of our usual habits/ways of living can also make a big difference.