July 1 - July 31, 2019

Lori Nitchals

NCW Green Team

"“Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” 7th Unitarian Universalist Principle "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,432 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    62
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    31
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Visit A Waste Management Facility

I will visit a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 30 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 Challenge

Feed


  • Lori Nitchals 7/31/2019 7:59 AM
    Loved sharing this journey of reducing use of disposable plastics! 

  • Lori Nitchals 7/30/2019 7:44 AM
    Reusable kit for the car.
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    I also keep my reusable grocery and produce bags in the car. 

  • Lori Nitchals 7/29/2019 12:02 PM
    drawer and replaced them with stainless steel and silicone containers, mesh produce bags, cloth bags, Bees Wrap, even silicone straws for root beer float time!

  • Lori Nitchals 7/28/2019 8:53 AM
    A friend drove to a concert and I did not have my reusable cup with me, which I keep in my car, so I had to use the disposable plastic cup for wine...darn! 🤦‍♀️

  • Lori Nitchals 7/27/2019 7:50 AM
    I remembered to use my reusable thermos with a reusable straw which I keep in my car for iced tea at a take out restaurant yesterday! A win for creating new habits! 

  • Lori Nitchals 7/26/2019 8:16 AM
    Enjoying sharing the changes I have made to reduce my disposable plastic usage. I believe this challenge may have created a Just say no to disposable plastic monster! 😂

  • Lori Nitchals 7/25/2019 6:59 AM
    Embracing a reduced disposable plastic lifestyle has been both challenging and rewarding! Mailing this a priority this month has dramatically  reduced my disposable plastic usage. 🤸‍♀️

  • Lori Nitchals 7/24/2019 5:26 PM
    Discovered that most wax paper uses paraffin, a petroleum based product. Found a product that uses soybean wax instead. Will use as a back up to my Bees Wrap. 
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  • Reflection Question
    Community Visit A Waste Management Facility
    Landfills and recycling centers tell us a lot about our communities and purchasing habits. What did you glean from your visit?

    Lori Nitchals 7/23/2019 2:09 PM
    Our recycling center was started by a local family of orchardists who changed over to more sustainable practices. Love having a place to bring my excess yard waste! 

  • Lori Nitchals 7/23/2019 8:11 AM
    Put all my unused Ziplock bags into the garage to reduce the temptation to use them. The drawer they were in is now filled with reusable stainless steel containers, silicone bags and containers, mesh and cloth produce bags, and Bees Wrap.