July 1 - July 31, 2019

Louisa Lubiak

SAGE EcoLogicals

"Inspiration - Perspiration - Elevation!"

Points Total

  • 25 Today
  • 80 This Week
  • 358 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill



Use Reusable Bags

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



Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging.



Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

One-Time Challenge


  • Louisa Lubiak 7/19/2019 12:31 PM
    I missed a check-in last week because you can only go back 3 days to check-in retroactively. I am finding this to be the hardest EcoChallenge I have participated in. This is partly due to the Daily Challenges I chose that I don't actually do on a daily basis, and that much of the produce in stores is already packaged in a plastic bag or box. The other reason is that it's summertime and difficult to keep-up with the check-ins over the weekend and during vacation week.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Louisa Lubiak 7/17/2019 7:34 AM
    Not accepting any disposable bags when making purchases and purchasing produce without plastic packaging is quite challenging! Yesterday I brought some plastic produce bags from home to reuse at the grocery store. The first bag I used got ripped by an apple stem and I had to use another bag. I purchased one head each of green-leaf and red-leaf lettuce, but they already came wrapped in a plastic mesh sleeve. I should've bought the Boston, or Bibb, lettuce as it was the only lettuce not wrapped in plastic. }:-(

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/15/2019 1:10 PM
    I attended a family gathering this weekend that involved camping-out and whitewater rafting. Instead of using the plastic cutlery provided during mealtimes, I used my bamboo utensil set. Family members asked where they could get a bamboo utensil set and I told them to look-up To-Go-Ware online.

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/10/2019 6:32 AM
    Yesterday I was going to pick up a few items at the grocery store but realized I had no shopping bags in my car. I decided that the few items I wanted could wait until tomorrow. Thus, I accomplished a daily Challenge by not accepting any plastic bags.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

    Louisa Lubiak 7/07/2019 9:20 AM
    I think plastic packaging has become so prevalent because it is perceived to be convenient and sanitary. Getting pre-washed lettuce leaves in a plastic box is preferrable to handling a whole head of lettuce with the soil still clinging to it. 

    • Carey Compton 7/11/2019 10:37 AM
      At www.trexrecycling.com you can find out where to drop off plastic packaging in nearly any state for them to remake it into trex "wood" for decks and such.  FYI

    • Louisa Lubiak 7/10/2019 6:28 AM
      What I mean to say is, when we are not involved in the growing, harvesting and preparation of our food, we become too focused on the perfection of the end "product" beautifully displayed on the supermarket shelf. Food becomes more of a commodity, and less of an integral part of our daily lives.

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/07/2019 9:02 AM
    I attended a casual dinner and glow-party dance. I remembered to bring my bamboo ware to avoid using the plastic ware. I also brought my own reusable plastic wine cups. Unfortunately, the dessert cake was served with a fork stuck in each slice. As for the glow party, I'm trying to figure out ways to reuse the plastic glow necklaces and bracelets I received.

    • Katie Greer 7/09/2019 2:14 PM
      The glow party sounds like fun! Minus the plastic waste :)

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/05/2019 5:50 AM
    I attended a 4th of July party and forgot to bring my Spork and my Bamboo Ware utensil set!  }:-@  Had to use the plastic ware and tossed them in the trash just like everyone else.  {:-(  At least I had my own plastic cup and used that one cup all day.  ]:-)  I even saved the tiny little cup that a Jello shot was served in!  ]:-D

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/03/2019 7:17 AM
    I now have a waste-bin buddy at work. I put any trash I generate (not much) into the waste-bin in my neighboring co-worker's cubicle. Our office cleaning service collects the plastic waste-bin liners at the end of each business day, even if there is only one piece of paper in there. I will promote this concept at our next SAGE meeting.

    • Lisa Bello 7/17/2019 8:01 AM
      This is a great idea Louisa!  I may introduce this idea at work.  I am also proposing to our managers that we move to compostable / biodegradable trash bin liners (like the ones from https://www.unni.world/ ).

      Thanks for popping by my profile and offering kind words of encouragement.  We should all be encouraging each other and having fun doing so!  :-D

    • Katie Greer 7/09/2019 2:17 PM
      I've given away my trash can and make my self get up to take anything to the communal coffee station trash can. It's my silent trash can abundance protest. :D

    • Tonia Wu 7/03/2019 1:12 PM
      Good idea - I just realized we have 4 trash bins in our library for some reason...we could easily do with 1. The plastic trash can liners that are replaced every day (even if there is only 1 thing!) is really over-the-top. Even if everyone shared with just 1 other person, we could cut this problem in half.

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/03/2019 5:43 AM
    Yesterday I went grocery shopping. Instead of buying packaged produce I bought loose veggies: bunch of radishes, bunch of carrots, a cucumber, apples. I just put 'em, in a cloth shopping bag - dirt, radish greens, carrot tops and all! I didn't buy mini sweet peppers or cherry tomatoes because the store only had them pre-packaged. I am accustomed to buying pre-washed, pre-packaged veggies for the convenience. Now I will have to work a little harder to assemble my daily workday salad bowl.

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/02/2019 6:17 AM
    I bought a new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV this past weekend. I've been wanting a hybrid ever since the Prius was introduced. I bought an SUV because I can fit all 3 pieces of my modular kayak in the back. The kayak is all molded plastic. A bio-degradable wood-frame, canvas kayak is simply out of the question. Plastic is everywhere, relatively inexpensive and way too convenient. I feel like an addict!  }:-@