July 1 - July 31, 2019

Karen Holderman

Seattle Zero Waste

"To reduce my use of plastic and walk instead of drive for trips under two miles."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 91 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    zero-waste meals



Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of litter each day.


Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

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

One-Time Challenge


Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

One-Time Challenge


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.



Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

One-Time Challenge


Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 2 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.



  • 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?

    Karen Holderman 7/22/2019 6:34 PM
    Well, this isn't about deodorant, but rather other body and household products with clean ingredients, and which can be purchased at my food coop in bulk, rather than my having to purchase yet another plastic bottle of product. I can and now do buy in bulk: dishwashing soap, shampoo, body wash, and lotion.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Karen Holderman 7/17/2019 8:43 PM
    Did this yesterday as I put out my rubbish and recycling for pick up. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Visit the Butcher
    How has using your own containers impacted the quality of the food you receive? Does this give you more awareness of where your food comes from as opposed to just grabbing a package of mystery origin cheese/meat?

    Karen Holderman 7/17/2019 8:42 PM
    Got some salmon at my favorite local butcher, and saved on the mass of plastic used in pre-packaged fish. 

  • Karen Holderman 7/10/2019 6:36 PM
    It’s challenging to avoid food packaged in plastic, but my housemates and I have been having the conversation and making some small, conscious choices to avoid it when there are choices (e.g. farmers market).

  • Karen Holderman 6/24/2019 6:36 PM
    I have recently been making a conscious decision to buy fish from my butcher instead of pre-packaged in lots of plastic and/or styrofoam. The bonus is that I have the option of taking home the bones for stock!