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Pam McCormick

Women in Leadership ARG

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 345 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    10
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    18
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    8
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Pam's Actions

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 10 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

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.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

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.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Pam McCormick 7/16/2021 8:17 AM
    I've been walking on the same beach I did as a kid, and I've been surprised and saddened by the # of little plastic pieces that come ashore with the seashells. I just wasn't aware of how much it has affected areas that have always felt pristine and spiritual to me.

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    Pam McCormick 7/09/2021 5:50 AM
    It's going well, but a little harder than I thought it would. I was not aware of how much packaging there is in many of the foods I buy. I bought some fig cookies, and not only was the outside packaged in plastic, but 2 trays inside were made of plastic, enclosed in plastic. None have recyclable symbol on them. :-(
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Pam McCormick 7/09/2021 5:43 AM
    I have plenty of reusable bags and they are very pretty. It makes me happy when I use them! I try to keep many in my car.
  • 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.

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    Pam McCormick 7/09/2021 5:42 AM
    Yes, fewer restaurants automatically give you a straw which prompts me to take out my reusable one. That starts the conversation with others at the table about keeping one with you and why it's important.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Pam McCormick 7/09/2021 5:40 AM
    Bring your own reusable container to restaurant instead of asking for one from restaurant.

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    Pam McCormick 7/02/2021 5:58 AM
    Great! It makes me feel wonderful knowing I'm helping and setting an example with my friends and family.

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    Pam McCormick 7/02/2021 5:55 AM
    Great. Didn't buy anything that had plastic nor bagged anything with plastic bag.

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    Pam McCormick 7/02/2021 5:53 AM

    Great! I made sure to bring my own insulated, washable, reusable cup to a meeting to have my coffee.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

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    Pam McCormick 7/02/2021 5:52 AM
    I'd love a list of grocery stores that have packaging options. I would think food safety would be cited as a reason I could not have the deli for example put the sliced cheese in my container. Are there places with those types of options? 

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      Deanna Sills 7/07/2021 8:29 AM
      @brandi.applebaum - these are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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      Pam McCormick 7/02/2021 9:46 AM
      @Brandi.Applebaum THANK YOU! (I couldn't figure out how to reply directly to your reply.) Both of those sites look great, and I will most certainly visit them this weekend. :)

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      Brandi Applebaum 7/02/2021 9:31 AM
      Here's a list!! The first one is more indie/local and the second link is more nation wide. I now shop primarily at Walmart and bring my own reusable produce bags (can't recommend those enough). 
      https://www.litterless.com/wheretoshop
      https://www.greenmatters.com/p/greenpeace-grocery-store-plastic-ranking (this is also one of my favorite websites)


  • 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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    Pam McCormick 7/02/2021 5:46 AM
    If EVERYONE cut 1/2 out, there would be 1/2 as much in the world, and you can do your part -- maybe even more than 1/2 to make up for those that do not. BE THE CHANGE!