July 1 - July 31, 2019

Katherine Carr

Ruby Planeteers

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 179 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Challenges

Lifestyle

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.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Containers

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Visit the Butcher

I will purchase meats and cheeses from the deli counter or a butcher shop, and use my own containers to do so.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY CHALLENGES

Family

Make the Change to Cloth Diapers

I will replace single use diapers for reusable cloth diapers.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, or community garden

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Shop the Bulk Bins

I will purchase dry goods from the bulk section of my grocery store, and use my own containers to do so.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

    Katherine Carr 7/31/2019 5:38 PM
    Found an alternative in refillable glass jars, and hoping to use and advertise within my community for those of us who aren't confident in making our own.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Katherine Carr 7/31/2019 5:37 PM
    We are contributing to the oxygen on our planet, and having a food to table connection so we can appreciate our food and eat more nutritious food.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Shop the Bulk Bins
    How has buying bulk impacted the quality of the food you receive? Why do you think Western society relies more on prepackaged foods rather than buying in bulk?

    Katherine Carr 7/31/2019 5:36 PM
    Buying bulk is teaching us to make our own food that we would otherwise buy pre-made, like granola bars, bread, and broth. I think our Western society teaches us to move fast all the time, and prevents us from slowing down enough to prepare our own food from scratch. I also think there's a perception that it's more expensive to cook from scratch.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Make the Change to Cloth Diapers
    In what ways is diapering your child with cloth diapers better for your child, better for you, and better for the environment?

    Katherine Carr 7/31/2019 5:34 PM
    We use SO many diapers, that's a huge volume of trash across the first year or two of each child's life. They don't decompose easily, they often have chemicals, and they make it harder for our kiddos to connect pottying with being wet, which is a key aspect of potty training. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

    Katherine Carr 7/31/2019 5:32 PM
    It's important that our values show up across all platforms. I want people who interact with me in person, online, or over the phone and professionally or personally to all recognize my sustainability efforts. I want to normalize sustainable habits, and make it so that things like getting takeout in disposable containers, using plastic straws, buying plastic-wrapped vegetables, and using plastic trash bags are no longer cultural habits.

  • Katherine Carr 7/31/2019 5:29 PM
    Y'all, this has been top of mind throughout the month, and I just have not made the time in my work days to post check ins. That said, my family and I have been avoiding plastic at the grocery store, replacing our disposables with reusables, and are in the process of moving out of our house to start building a tiny house (with reclaimed materials and way fewer possessions!) My biggest hurdle remains getting stressed during the work day and reaching for convenience items - snacks in plastic packaging, for example. I also have not yet set up a diaper service, and have defaulted back to disposable diapers during this moving transition. So inspired by my fellow Rubys and looking forward to keeping this top of mind as we move forward. Keep an ear out for prize announcements to celebrate your participation! 

  • Katherine Carr 7/12/2019 8:52 AM
    Hi Team! I have been thinking about plastics and my consumer habits all month, but I have not been logging my actions! Mercedes' reminder today got me back in the portal. We are moving out of our house and building a sustainable tiny house. In the process, we are getting rid of all our single-use and plastic items to be replaced with more sustainable habits. In the meantime, we've been shopping in small amounts daily and focusing on produce and local meat so we don't have to rely on plastic-packaged shelf-stable foods. It's a big learning curve, but love that EcoChallenge lines up with this life change! Excited to tackle the rest of these one-time challenges in the next few weeks. 

  • Katherine Carr 5/22/2019 2:00 PM
    This is a critical time to start eliminating our dependency on plastics. I look forward to collaborating with our team to tackle July's plastic free eco challenge!