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Liesl McWhorter

21 Acres Center for Sustainable Living

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 283 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    84
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    7
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    2
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Liesl's Actions

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 4
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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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 1
DAILY ACTION

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    Liesl McWhorter 7/17/2020 12:14 PM
    Stumbled on this article today in an email I received. Evian, after two years of trying, has finally come out with a label-free bottle making it easier to recycle. (https://www.fastcompany.com/90524283/evians-new-100-recycled-plastic-bottle-comes-without-a-label?utm_source=Outreach+lists&utm_campaign=a5aca68a72-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_07_15_04_48&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3d85f9cdc0-a5aca68a72-382507234)

    But..."Evian will distribute the label-free bottle in select hotels, restaurants, and hospitality venues, and the brand says it’s a sustainable solution for e-commerce, where there’s no need for barcode labeling." Meaning they are not pushing this in typical stores because consumers are still dependent on the label for marketing and the sales system needs the barcode, (and ingredients for anything other than water, of course). 

    Small steps by big industry...perhaps still something to celebrate? 

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    Liesl McWhorter 7/01/2020 12:47 PM
    Good luck everyone! Checking in today during lunch which is a salad made with cabbage, radishes, snap peas, green onions, and collards purchased in the Market (no plastic at all) and packed in one of my glass snapware containers. Though the lids to these containers are plastic, I've had them since grad-school (11 years!). The containers were phase 1 of eliminating plastic wrap in my house and reducing my use of aluminum foil. I think it's been 3 years since there's been a roll of plastic wrap in my kitchen drawer. And since this month my goal is to celebrate success rather than berating myself for my inevitable shortfalls I won't spend any time wondering what the heck I was doing for those first 8 years. ;)