July 1 - July 31, 2020

Elizabeth Love

Washington County Sustainability

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 548 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Elizabeth's Actions


Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.



Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.



Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.


Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

One-Time Action


  • Elizabeth Love 7/30/2020 12:12 PM
    I can't believe how much plastic there is but I was delighted to learn that the plastic that wraps the toilet paper was recyclable with the grocery bags that we aren't allowed to have any more so at least that's one less piece that will go into the trash. 

  • Elizabeth Love 7/17/2020 4:43 PM
    Tonight we eat chopsticks with reusable chopsticks - these days it's a challenge to keep them clean - we sure missed sushi!

  • Elizabeth Love 7/14/2020 5:22 PM
    I never thought about how much plastic there was around.  It's everywhere.  I know someone who works very hard to shop without plastic.  It's not easy since everything seems to be wrapped in plastic.  Her local store offers more bulk foods so she brings her own containers.  I like products that are wrapped in things that are at least recyclable rather than plastic. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

    Elizabeth Love 7/14/2020 5:19 PM
    I'm not totally sure about the economic benefit yet because I'm using my first set of bars, but I really feel good about reaching for them in the shower because there is no plastic container to open. It's just a bar of soap.  And I love how my hair feels after I use them because they are also all natural rather than full of chemicals.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Since the restrictions that COVID-19 has required of our society, trying to use your own cup might present new barriers, as well as new opportunities for creative problem solving. How were you able to achieve success on this action? How can you make it a long-term habit?

    Elizabeth Love 7/10/2020 4:56 PM
    I am working mostly from home so using a ceramic coffee mug has become second nature now.  I definitely like it more than the aluminum mugs so I might look at how I can still use a mug at work but not accidentally spill it.  At home, I've placed it on a separate table and that may be the answer to accidental spills - plus it is a giant mug so less likely to tip.

  • Elizabeth Love 7/08/2020 8:45 AM
    As I sit here sipping coffee from my reusable mug that reminds me I am magical, I am feeling that everyone who is working from home should be nailing this challenge!  But I am conflicted on the days when I go into the office in the early mornings and want to support my local coffee shop, but they won't let me use my reusable mug yet. Yes I could bring coffee from home in my reusable mug, but that defeats the purpose of supporting local businesses.  At least they are paper cups and not Styrofoam, but still. Choices...
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  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

    Elizabeth Love 7/08/2020 8:35 AM
    I am annoyed that I am still asked about getting a straw in my hot coffee.  I thought it wasn't supposed to be offered.  I thought you could ask for one but they weren't supposed to offer them any longer with the new ban on plastic.  Either way - I always try to turn them down.

  • Elizabeth Love 7/07/2020 12:52 PM
    Recently I found shampoo bars and I am in love. I use one that smells like Citrus and I was shocked at how clean my hair feels and there was no plastic!  I love it!!! From the first shampoo!  I'm having some issue finding the right amount of conditioner to use from that bar but I haven't given up.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using reusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable food packaging or eating utensils, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

    Elizabeth Love 7/07/2020 12:50 PM
    I bring reusable silverware to work including chopsticks so I don't have to use plastic and I am never without.  I also send reusable silverware with my family's lunches. I have collected spares from relatives and thrift stores so I don't have to worry if they get lost.