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Shane Phipps

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"Reducing the plastic footprint"

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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 make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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Family

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

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Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

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Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

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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.

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Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

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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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Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

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Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

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  • Shane Phipps's avatar
    Shane Phipps 7/20/2021 8:25 AM
    I'm not sure why I need an extra plastic bag for personal items when getting my groceries bagged.  All that stuff was in the cart together anyway.  One small victory....
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Say No to "Flushable Wipes"
    Even though they are marketed as "flushable," disposable wipes do not disintegrate in water or the sewer system, and actually release microplastics into our waterways. How does it feel to learn this information? What do you want to do about it?

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    Shane Phipps 7/16/2021 7:00 AM
    They also absorb any grease, fat, or oils in the pipes which lead to clogging.  They might be a "convenience" but it only adds to a larger problem.

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    Shane Phipps 7/14/2021 8:20 AM
    There is definitely a tiering to what can be reduced or eliminated.

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      Shane Phipps 7/16/2021 7:27 AM
      I doesn't look like I can add a reply underneath your comment.  By tiering, I mean looking at what we use for plastic and make categories: what we can easily remove (grocery bags and water bottles), harder to remove (food packaging), substituting (individual packaging like yogurt cups for a tub), and re-purposing (bread bags to poop bags for walks)

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      Leola Specht 7/15/2021 8:25 PM
      I'm intrigued!  can you tell more about what you mean by tiering what can be reduced or eliminated?
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care That Was a Close Shave
    What have you noticed about the economic and social impact of switching to steel razors? Was there ever really a need for disposable razors, or do you think it was just a way to sell more things?

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    Shane Phipps 7/14/2021 8:20 AM
    The disposable are a convenience.  I went to a shaver.  This way, I can put my worn cutter and screen in my scrap metal.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Give Up Gum
    Why do you chew gum? What habits could replace and meet your reasons for chewing gum?

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    Shane Phipps 7/12/2021 2:32 PM
    breath strips dissolve and are a good substitute for gum.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Ditch Dryer Sheets
    Often, single-use and disposable products don't just create more trash - they also contain toxins that are bad for humans. What are some other single-use items that are harmful to humans?

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    Shane Phipps 7/06/2021 8:27 AM
    I learned gum has plastic in it.  Accidently swallowing gum means allowing chemicals into the body.