July 1 - July 31, 2019

Bev Burke

Ossur Philadelphia

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 371 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    spent learning
  • up to
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill



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.



Make Your Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.


Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.



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


  • Bev Burke 7/30/2019 9:47 PM
    At first friends and some family thought what’s the point in doing this when millions aren’t? When I explained how everyone taking part in this has made such a massive difference to the future planet. And more of them are now coming around to our way of thinking 😁

    • Lisa Bello 7/31/2019 2:37 PM
      YAY!  I believe that the more people that see others taking action, the more people will feel comfortable doing it themselves.  It has been fun doing this challenge with you and the others Bev.  :-)

  • Bev Burke 7/24/2019 8:07 PM
    It’s going well. I am now much more aware of the products I can buy with out plastic. I am thinking much more when I shop. There are plenty of places to buy items with out plastic on the internet. Just wish we had more local shops. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Bev Burke 7/24/2019 7:53 PM
    It’s very easy to use reusable bags. I permanently keep them in my everyday hold-all. 

  • Bev Burke 7/20/2019 4:22 AM
    I know this challenge is about reducing any plastic you would normally buy. Thinking before you buy and it’s definitely working I’m pleased to say 😁 yesterday we had a eco meeting at work and as a result we will be saving 4,080 plastic milk bottles from going into land fill each year. We are having glass bottles. I was so happy. 

    • Bev Burke 7/20/2019 12:19 PM
      Thanks Lisa. I feel it’s a big step forward. I have Nicola to thank for giving me the inspiration. It could be  Philadelphia next. 

    • Lisa Bello 7/20/2019 7:07 AM
      This is AMAZING Bev!  You're an inspiration! :-) 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make Your Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

    Bev Burke 7/20/2019 4:09 AM
    I rarely buy it. I know exactly what has gone into what I am eating when I cook . I always make extra so I can take some to work. I love my own soups so I make a couple at the same time and put them in portion size. So I just take them out of the freezer when I want them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

    Bev Burke 7/16/2019 8:53 PM
    I definitely believe it’s the largest shops/stores that want plastic. It keeps things fresh for longer. 
    It’s ideal for transportation,it’s cheap and if it looks nice more sales for them. 😩

  • Bev Burke 7/14/2019 9:06 PM
    I am noticing plastic a lot more. I go armed with my eco bags now. If I can’t get plastic free food I simply take off the the plastic and hand it to the checkout. I would prefer no plastic but if enough of us keep doing this maybe they will eventually do something about it???

    • Lisa Bello 7/18/2019 4:33 AM
      I like this idea!  I may even approach the manager and ask if the have any unpackaged product available.  For example: If they have small trays of peppers wrapped in plastic film, I'll find a manager and ask if they have any of the peppers not wrapped in plastic available? I will feel a bit weird doing this at first, but I think you're right Bev; if enough of us make a point to very openly avoid plastic, maybe the stores will start offering more plastic free options?

  • Bev Burke 7/07/2019 10:03 PM
    I would like it to be made easier to opt out of plastic while shopping  in the uk but sadly it’s not.  Since doing this challenge I have Brought shampoo bars ,beeswax to wrap my sandwich and cloth bags for fruit and vegetables. I will continue to find  alternatives to plastic   
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Bev Burke 7/07/2019 9:54 PM
    I  recently watched a three part documentary called war on plastic. It was a real eye opener. To see the amount of single use plastic used every day and where it’s being dumped and just what it’s doing to  animal and human life and just how bad it’s affecting the sea life. I have definitely made a  conscious effort  Not to buy single use plastic. Plastic seems to be in everything 😩

  • Bev Burke 7/03/2019 9:59 PM
    I have been aware for some time of what is happening to our world but did very little  about it😩 we did an environmental event at work and as I sorted out the waste  I was asked to contribute. That really opened my eyes when I did some research and quite a few of my coworkers especially Nicola. Since then I’ve been trying to change my ways. Because plastic has always been there you don’t seem to notice it but doing this has helped highlight and keep it fresh in your mind.