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Lacy Cagle (Ecochallenge.org Staff)

St. Louis Goes Green!

"Trying my best!"

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    25
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Lacy's Actions

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Support a Sharing Economy
    What are the benefits of a sharing economy? How could a sharing economy change the dynamics you have with friends, family and/or neighbors?

    With us getting ready for a baby in a couple months, having a large community of people who don't think having the newest things is a high value and who don't want to waste things has been extremely beneficial to us. We've had most of the big ticket baby items donated to us by people whose kids have outgrown them, and I don't think we'll ever have to buy clothes! :D This has saved us a ton of money and waste. We even have had two people donate reusable diapers to us! We're feeling extremely grateful and excited to pass on the love when the time comes.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    I watched The Story of Plastic because earthday365 was screening it, and I'm so glad I did! The film made great connections to larger systems, including capitalism, and didn't diminish individual choices, but showed that much larger things need to change to address plastic pollution. It also focused on the whole lifecycle of plastic, not just end-of-life. I highly recommend it.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Sign a Petition
    What is a plastic-related issue in your state/province?

    Plastic pollution is pretty bad in South City, with plastic bags and styrofoam floating around and floating into waterways through street drains. Illegal dumping is also a serious issue, especially in Ward 20, where we just moved from.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    It's much more difficult to refuse/avoid plastic bags now in light of all of the adjustments to handle COVID. I went to the grocery store for the first time in 4 months yesterday - my partner has been doing our grocery store runs in the past few months. He always comes home with SO many plastic bags, but I didn't want to criticize since he was willing to do all of the grocery runs! This time, I asked that they didn't bag things for me and I would just put them in my cart. No big deal at all, and I bagged things when I got to the car. It took a little extra time and effort, but was worth it to me to not have a dozen more plastic bags that I can't recycle right now anyway!

    • Emily Andrews's avatar
      Emily Andrews 7/21/2020 8:41 AM
      I need to start doing this. The baggers at the grocery store often double bag and will use one bag for just a few items, where I would normally be cramming everything into one reusable bag. 

  • Today, I signed a Plastic Pollution Coalition petition to pass source reduction ordinances in the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri. I've appreciated the petitions they offer, as it has made me think more holistically about plastic pollution and how to better advocate to reduce plastic's negative effects all along its life cycle.

  • Here's a good resource for finding petitions to sign: https://p2a.co/DUghpK4

  • I always love to see the resources that our local community shares during Ecochallenge events. What helps you reduce your plastic use and/or waste?