July 1 - July 31, 2020

Liz Morris

Washington County Sustainability

"To reduce my single use plastic consumption and share the love of knowledge to others."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,066 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    42
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    66
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    71
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    59
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Liz's Actions

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or I will make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 1 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 5 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 5 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 3 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 5 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

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.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Liz Morris 7/31/2020 12:46 PM
    Last day of the monthly challenge.  I am glad to learn some new ways to change my plastic use.  I appreciate the team for all their efforts in reducing single use plastic.  What an interesting time we live in and I have felt a little like Doogie Howzer with my daily posts...  
  • 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?

    Liz Morris 7/30/2020 11:01 AM
    I really cut out the amount I would go to the coffee shop and if I really needed to go, I would ask for no lid to help reduce.  
  • 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?

    Liz Morris 7/30/2020 10:57 AM
    This is so hard right now.  I was on the way to do this, but  as bulk food buying is out, there are concerns.  I struggle with not buying too much food so it does not go to waste, but smaller portions come in less desirable packaging.  
  • 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.

    Liz Morris 7/30/2020 10:56 AM
    yes, I'm such a Starbucks gal.  I appreciate that they have moved to have a "sippy" type lid so a straw is not needed and they are moving to not giving a straw unless requested.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

    Liz Morris 7/30/2020 10:55 AM
    It was so easy to pack a really good picnic. Better than being left with a unsavory place to stop with not good options or too busy.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

    Liz Morris 7/30/2020 10:54 AM
    As traveling is so different in the current state of the world, more day trips and camping trips in the future means more picnic and bringing items from home.  Less take out containers.  Keeping my care in good condition for road trips so the mileage works well, etc.  
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

    Liz Morris 7/30/2020 10:52 AM
    Not only is this good for the environment, it's just financially responsible.  Taking the time to list out items and to say a mantra before an impulse buy may happen.  There are times I will need to purchase items and that is okay, but this will help to make more informed decisions.  It is amazing with clothes alone the amount of micro fibers that goes into the ocean.  I thought that donating my gently used items was also a way of recycling the fabric.  I've learned this has not always done what I thought.  I am one of those over 30 y/o on TikTok and have seen some cool and interesting ways to up-cycle my clothes, etc.  
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

    Liz Morris 7/30/2020 10:49 AM
    As I am transitioning to bars of soap/shampoo'/lotion, etc.  I was horrified on how many bottles I do have. However, I am finding ways to reuse the bottles and or the pump mechanisms.  It is hard to switch right now as I do not want to waste the product I already have and will learn from moving forward.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets All Natural Pet Toys
    In what ways is supplying your pet with all natural pet toys better for your pet, better for you, and better for the environment?

    Liz Morris 7/30/2020 10:46 AM
    As I have an old man cat that only likes to play for 5 seconds before he is bored or tired... It is easy to reuse items as toys.  Just this week I also brought in a hazelnut from the backyard tree (one the squirrel named Merlin missed) and Moady (old man cat) enjoyed batting this around for a while.  

  • Liz Morris 7/30/2020 10:44 AM
    It is scary how big brother is always there.  Yesterday, I posted a question about floss alternatives.  Last night on my insta feed was an ad for biodegradable floss with a refill container.  Scary and mind blown!