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Jana Fischback

NCW Sustainable Community

"To educate and inspire!"

Points Total

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  • 495 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    20
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Jana's Actions

Community

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

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One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 90 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Make My 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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

I will purchase food items with the least amount of packaging.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Community Host a Watch Party
    How does hosting a watch party help you to get to know your guests, connect them to the cause you are focusing on, and build your community?

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    Jana Fischback 7/28/2020 9:43 AM
    We're hosting a screening with the museum for the film "the Story of Plastic" tonight and I'm excited to see who logs on Zoom to join our panel discussion. I'm honored to "sit next to" Ariahna from Waste Loop and Betsy from Methow Recycles who are both doing such amazing work and very likely know a lot more about this subject than I do. I'm hoping it's a community-building event!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Jana Fischback 7/28/2020 9:41 AM
    I think the best way I can avoid disposables is moving away from our culture of convenience. Yes, it'll be a little bit more work, and we're just going to have to accept that I think. But the reward is often: better health, less expensive, and better for our planet. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

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    Jana Fischback 7/22/2020 9:15 AM
    I just watched "The Story of Plastic" and oh man, it's impactful. I would say: plastics pollute from the time the shale gas and oil leaves the ground until they degrade for thousands of years in the ocean. It's not just about the plastic pollution at the end of the cycle, it pollutes throughout the whole process. And it's not just about "the environment" and animal habitats, it's about human health. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

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    Jana Fischback 7/20/2020 3:20 PM
    Well a quick Google search actually shows that aluminum hasn't proven to be harmful. I originally switched when I was pregnant just to be on the safe side. Now I prefer natural deodorant from The Bubblery because I can get it refilled over and over rather than throwing away the plastic after a couple of months. But not sure if the health concerns are warranted or not...

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    Jana Fischback 7/15/2020 11:59 AM
    Congratulations Merry, you won our first prize of a shampoo bar and face wash bar from the Bubblery for checking in within the last week!

    This week we'll give out prizes to two people who post a comment on the feed between today and next Tuesday the 21st. Prizes this week are food storage themed. The first is TWO silicone Stasher bags, one of my personal favorite reusable products. The second prize is a set of beeswax wrap and a package of paper snack/sandwich bags. 

    Let us know how the challenge is going for you by posting on the feed and you could win!


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    Jana Fischback 7/08/2020 9:48 AM
    Time for a prize! Everyone who checks in between today and next Tuesday the 14th will be entered to win TWO awesome products from the Bubblery in Leavenworth: a charcoal shampoo bar and a face soap bar - turmeric rose & carrot. Replacing your traditional shampoo and face wash with bars is a great way to reduce your plastic waste (and not pay for watered down products). 

    Also, Shawna at the Bubblery has offered a 20% discount for all of us who are participating in this EcoChallenge! Just mention Sustainable Wenatchee. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

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    Jana Fischback 7/08/2020 9:38 AM
    I've been using curbside pick-up at Fred Meyer and the number of plastic bags they use drives me CRAZY. I wish there was a way to make a note to request paper or ask them to limit them. But I also know they are very busy and just trying to keep up with demand. I'm thankful they can be recycled but looking forward to using my own bags again. We're doing the summer CSA through Rhubarb market so at least most of our produce has limited packaging. Another thing I've noticed is with lots of BBQs, I'm throwing away the plastic packaging from Beyond Burgers a lot (I'm a vegetarian). I should try to make my own veggie burgers I suppose!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make My 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?

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    Jana Fischback 7/07/2020 9:27 AM
    I'm not a great cook but it is empowering to make my own food. Homemade stuff is so much fresher in addition to producing way less waste. One big switch I should make is almond milk - I have a milk straining bag and a good blender, I have no excuse to be buying cartons of almond milk all the time! 

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    Jana Fischback 7/06/2020 9:49 AM
    Made some baby food this morning! Doesn't get easier than blending fresh fruits & veggies.