July 1 - July 31, 2020

Mercedes Salles

Community Team

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Mercedes's Actions


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.

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Buy Only What I Need

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



Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

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Homemade Cleaners

I will make 2 of my own cleaning products at home.

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Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors. Why not try using hair conditioner instead of shaving foam for that baby smooth feel?

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  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    Mercedes Salles 8/02/2020 9:05 AM
    It's so easy but I only made one cleaner for my window's and mirrors. 

  • Mercedes Salles 7/25/2020 10:22 AM
    Finally gave an overdue shout out to my mom and step dad. They're really taken some great steps to being more eco-friendly when before they didn't even think about it. I'd like to think I had some influence when visiting and refusing to use paper towels or plates lol But they've come up with ideas on their own that I didn't even think of! I'm so proud of them and made it known on FB. :) lol 
  • 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?

    Mercedes Salles 7/25/2020 10:10 AM
    During this time of pandemic and crisis I found it has been quite a help with restricting my purchases. Being furloughed and out of work has also been helpful incentive to buy only the necessities. I hope I can keep this mentality up for the long term because buying items just because I want them isn't helpful in the long term. I take a look at items I've already done that with. Some just sit around, others are lost, what good do they provide me now? Taking the time to analyze those past purchases will help me with my future ones. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

    Mercedes Salles 7/10/2020 8:25 AM
    I didn't take into consideration that my car, refrigerator, games, suitcase, etc. all contain plastics. </3 So much more out there than I realized. I've done so much to reduce my plastic use in my home though and was very proud of this. Mostly in the bathroom. I have bar shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste and deodorant in a jar, essential oils instead of perfume, and use period panties instead of tampons. Since Covid I've also stopped wearing make up and when I do plan on getting some more, I will make sure the packaging is eco friendly. The place I am most stuck is ordering take out. It's bad. I'm not much of a cook and with restaurants closed this habit has gotten worse. I am aware and working on it! 

  • Mercedes Salles 7/08/2020 6:01 PM
    I did spend some money today but it was for my health and to create less plastic waste. So I'm feeing okay about it. :) 
  • 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?

    Mercedes Salles 7/08/2020 5:59 PM
    I have been looking for a steel razor for a long time and now with many of my local shops closed due to Covid, my search had slowed down even more. Thankfully, I am familiar with the ZeroWasteCartel and ordered my new steel razor today! It was a little speedy but honestly, it will save me money in the long run from buying disposable razor heads (I already had a reusable razor handle). I am so excited to create less waste in the bathroom!! I even got bamboo and cotton q-tips as well as another conditioner bar to make the shipping costs worth it. There is no need for disposable one use plastic items and I can't wait to get them all out of my life!

  • Mercedes Salles 7/08/2020 10:03 AM
    I really need to save money right now so I am excited to practice only buying what I need for health & safety and make sure there are no plastics involved.