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Jon Povill

West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Jon's Actions

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

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Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

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Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic reduction-related initiative in my state/province.

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Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

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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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Personal Care

Lather Up

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

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Food

Minimize Packaging

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

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Food

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

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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.

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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Jon Povill 7/08/2021 12:30 AM
    Thus far I can't see any economic benefits as the bulk soaps we've been buying are more expensive than the liquid soaps that come in the disposable plastic pump bottles. But, we've been buying the bulk liquid soap anyhow and putting it in the plastic pump bottles so that they are lasting through at least 10 refill cycles.  And we're using bar soap as much as possible. I even use it to shave and have discovered it works as well as the shaving cream that comes in aerosol cans. 

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      Robin Spano 7/08/2021 8:30 AM
      Yeah, it's hard to see the benefit of bulk soaps, when they're hand-crafted and way more expensive. I tried shampoo bars for a while, but they didn't work as well for my hair, and my family kind of smiled and nodded when I explained they were shampoo, and used them as soap anyway. So not worth $6/bar, or whatever it cost. But you're absolutely right that bar soap is just as good as shaving cream, minus the aerosol.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

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    Jon Povill 7/08/2021 12:24 AM
    After I finish my current tube of toothpaste I'm going to try using straight baking soda instead. If that doesn't work I'll try a commercial tooth powder that comes in a tin.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

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    Jon Povill 7/08/2021 12:22 AM
    I've definitely experienced itching from using aluminum deodorants. I'm now experimenting with using baking soda. We'll see how it goes.

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      Robin Spano 7/08/2021 8:34 AM
      I've been using Green Beaver antiperspirant for the past year or so. It does come in plastic, but it's the only natural, aluminum-free product I've found that does the job. On a hot summer day, you need to re-apply it. It doesn't have the same longevity as the mass market stuff. (So on a long hot beach day, or a long hike, I revert to the old-school unhealthy brands.) But for most of the year, including many days in summer, this Green Beaver product does the job very well. (And anyway, in a pandemic, no one's getting close enough to know the difference.)
  • 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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    Jon Povill 7/05/2021 1:19 PM
    We only eat 2 meals a day. Keeping one of them free of single use plastics is easy with the measures we've already been doing. Getting it up to 2, however, would mean that we've managed to eliminate ALL  single use plastics from our kitchen -- which we haven't quite done yet. But we're getting closer all the time.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Jon Povill 7/05/2021 1:16 PM
    The back pockets on my jeans are the first things to go and I'm vowing to patch those holes before my wallet or cell phone falls out of them rather than tossing the jeans and buying a new pair.  I've also evaluated the clothes in my closet and drawers and realized that the vast majority of them are more than 5 years old, with lots of stuff that's more than 10. I'll be working to double those ages.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Jon Povill 7/05/2021 1:03 PM
    I can't say that we've completely eliminated single use food wrap but we've mostly eliminated it, and we reuse Foodsaver (vacuum-seal) bags as many times as possible before disposing of them. For the most part, the reusable containers do the trick very well for almost all of our storage needs.

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      Robin Spano 7/08/2021 8:40 AM
      Have you tried silicone food bags? We use our Stasher bags ALL THE TIME. They're microwave-safe, you can boil them if you're into sous-vide (I'm not, but I keep thinking I will be one day), they're great for taking snacks on hikes, to the beach, school lunches, etc. And they keep food sealed up well in the fridge and freezer. I think they're even biodegradable at the end of their lives, but we haven't gotten that far yet. On the flip side, I do NOT recommend beeswax wraps, except maybe to store the odd lemon for a day or two if you have half left. Cheese goes moldy in it so fast. Avocados go brown. The best use we've found so far for beeswax is for kindling in a pinch. Does a great job if you want to start a fire and are too lazy to go out and collect dry kindling wood. But the Stasher bags do the jobs I was hoping the beeswax would do.
  • 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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    Jon Povill 7/05/2021 12:58 PM
    We're going to regular grocery stores less and less. We found a store that features exclusively bulk products and we bring our own resuable containers there and fill up on things like coffee, olive oil, dried fruits, nuts and seeds. They also refill Soda Stream cannisters for half the price of stores like Bed Bath and Beyond.