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Jim Oerther

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    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
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    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Jim's Actions

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 3 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 20 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

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One-Time Action

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

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One-Time Action

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

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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 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

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DAILY ACTION

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

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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.

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One-Time Action

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  • 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?

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    Jim Oerther 8/02/2021 12:25 AM
    Done. It was not that easy finding stores after COVID that still sell produce individually and not wrapped in plastic. However, I found 2 stores that do and complained to a couple of others.
  • 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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    Jim Oerther 8/02/2021 12:23 AM
    I have been using my own reusable grocery bags for 40 years.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make My Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

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    Jim Oerther 8/02/2021 12:21 AM
    It feels good to eat less processed foods.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

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    Jim Oerther 8/02/2021 12:20 AM
    Only certain stores don’t portion out foods into individual portions contained in plastic. I shopped in the few stores that sell items in paper or individually without plastic
  • 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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    Jim Oerther 8/02/2021 12:17 AM
    I would simply explain the situation and mention alternatives, like particular local stores that sell produce by individual pieces and reusable bags they can use.

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    Jim Oerther 7/13/2021 9:32 AM
    It is so hard, especially since so many things that I used to buy loose before the pandemic are now only sold separately wrapped in plastic. I did persuade my churches to use paper cups and glass cups for the individual servings of the bread and wine on Sunday for communion rather than using the pre-packaged plastic versions.

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      Sandy Duggan 7/13/2021 10:24 AM
      I agree that items that were formerly available in the bulk bins are now unfortunately pre-packaged in individual plastic bags, but I prefer my cloth bags so as not to purchase items in plastic. I switched to Winco which still has bulk items available loose, but I will also let the store that I shop at closer to home know that I am not buying the plastic-wrapped items and that I would like them to go back to letting customers use our own re-useable packaging for bulk items.
  • 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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    Jim Oerther 7/13/2021 9:28 AM
    This is so hard to do, especially with pandemic fear, even in San Francisco.