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Mark Swingle

Life's Fantastic, With No Plastic!

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 821 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    255
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    29
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Mark's Actions

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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).

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

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    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:37 AM
    This was a relatively easy one because my family is already packing our food with us for most travel, especially when camping. Packing most of your food is beneficial in many ways, from helping to manage a healthy diet, to saving time and money while traveling. Of course, packing in reusable containers just makes sense!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:30 AM
    Most of us have many options available for food storage that can eliminate the need for single use plastic bags and containers. Reusable containers are an obvious option, but we also find ourselves in situations where we don't currently have good choices - such as my favorite take-out restaurant that still uses many single-use products. There is legislation to address some of these issues, however our communication with the retailers about our preferences for more green food service products can also be an important component. Some changes will take time, but we can reach our goals if we stay focused on the desired outcomes.     
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:20 AM
    It as a good experience beyond the benefits of the fresh produce because we are spending time outside, paying attention to the natural wonders of the garden, and using our compost for the benefit of enriching the soil. 
  • 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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    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:17 AM
    First, it is very difficult to purchase many items without single use plastics. This emphasizes the need for re-thinking the supply chain, for reducing dependence on plastics, and for extended producer responsibility for plastic packaging. In the mean time, we can make good choices whenever and wherever they exist. 
  • 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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    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:13 AM
    I believe the plastic packaging for produce is believed to serve the consumer, but it also has been widely adopted by the producers and retailers. We can market and shop for produce without single-use plastic, but we have to have the will to do it! 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:08 AM
    It makes you more aware of the problem, such as what are the primary components in the litter steam, and therefor more resolved to be part of the solutions, especially to single-use plastics.

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    Mark Swingle 7/21/2021 3:43 AM
    Off to FloydFest and taking the plastic-free campaign on the road!  Great work everybody on the team!  Cheers

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    Mark Swingle 7/09/2021 6:18 AM
    Hey Team!  Spent first night in my tent at Natural Chimneys State Park and Red Wing Roots Music Festival - it was beautiful. Just finished my morning 6 mile hike around Mt. Solon VA and picked up plastic trash on my way back! Now for my daily PFJ check-in and getting ready for the first full day of music! Keep up the great work - Life's Fantastic!

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    Mark Swingle 7/02/2021 5:46 AM
    Hope everyone is having a good start to PFJ!  Make sure to carry-on thru the holiday weekend!     Cheers 

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    Mark Swingle 6/18/2021 9:37 AM
    Looking forward to being on this Team!!  Can't wait to get started.