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Anne Tyler

21 Acres Center for Sustainable Living

"I want to minimize my environmental footprint"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 418 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    19
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    9
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    18
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Anne's Actions

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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?

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY 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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Anne Tyler 7/27/2020 9:46 PM
    Here is a picture of the rye bread my husband made with the flour we picked up at 21 Acres last Wednesday. The flour did come in a plastic bag, but we can use it to put the loaf in, so it won’t be a throw away for at least a few more uses. 

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    Anne Tyler 7/23/2020 6:05 PM
    My husband and I rode our bikes out to Woodinville yesterday and picked up our first order from 21 Acres - no plastic on the produce at all! We were able to say hello to Mary King, a cousin of my cousins. Too bad we couldn’t tour the premises, but that will be a treat to look forward to once we get the pandemic under control.

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      Anne Tyler 7/27/2020 9:49 PM
      Kelly - this is a response to your comment, but I can’t reply directly as there is no comment button! We will come out again, but I’m not sure when. I’ll let you or Mary know ahead of time. 

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      Kelly Rankich 7/25/2020 11:48 AM
      Anne, so sorry I didn't get you your goody bag in time for your recent visit.  Please come back soonish and get your goody bag including a coupon for the market.

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    Anne Tyler 7/16/2020 6:58 PM
    I think my environmental footprint is relatively small - but the survey counted something I responded with as excessive - maybe I need to go back and re-do it. As a family of five, we owned only one car for most of  the time the children were growing up. I was a bicycle commuter for about fifteen years - nine of them while I was stationed in Europe. These days, with travel around the city and elsewhere, my driving has really been reduced. Luckily I had to drive my daughter to the airport a few weeks ago so I got a bit of good highway mileage in - my carwas  suffering from too many short trips in the city!

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      Kelly Rankich 7/23/2020 3:08 PM
      Anne, I love that you were a long-time bicycle commuter.  I myself am finally living and working in the same City (Woodinville) and absolutely loving not having a commute, for so many reasons.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Provide the Alternatives
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) does your family regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Anne Tyler 7/16/2020 6:49 PM
    At the beginning of the challenge my husband was going to buy a bamboo toothbrush, but it came in a plastic shell stuck onto cardboard. Those decisions are hard to make. I have a reusable toothbrush made by radius - it has interchangeable heads that are plastic, but quite small relative to a regular toothbrush. And it comes in a very soft option that I really like. It does have that ubiquitous plastic shell, however.

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      Kelly Rankich 7/23/2020 3:10 PM
      Well, this is a fitting post.  The bamboo toothbrushes I ordered for this challenge finally arrived!  Today.  

      I actually ordered extras and I have one for you in your goodie bag.  Maybe someone in your family can use it since you already have a solution you like.  No plastic packaging at all.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Reusable Face Coverings
    In what other ways can you use creativity or innovation to reduce your waste while adapting to our current times?

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    Anne Tyler 7/16/2020 9:03 AM
    Early in the pandemic, my daughter started making cloth masks for the extended family and in response to requests for masks in various Facebook groups. To date, she has made more than a hundred - maybe closer to 200. She just returned to in-person classes at the day care center where she works, and before the center reopened, she made masks for the staff and the children.
  • 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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    Anne Tyler 7/13/2020 9:23 AM
    I started using bar shampoo sometime last year, and while Recology was open, bought bulk shampoo, conditioner and lotion in my own refillable containers. With Recology being closed, and Central Market not permitting old refillable containers, options for plastic-free personal care products are limited.

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      Kelly Rankich 7/23/2020 3:11 PM
      I'm so sad that Recology isn't open.  Scoop is kind of far away, these are challenging times.
  • 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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    Anne Tyler 7/13/2020 9:19 AM
    I was going to make a fruit juice punch with gingerale  and fizzy water for some visiting children - but put the bottles back on the shelf and just used frozen concentrate and lots of ice.
  • 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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    Anne Tyler 7/13/2020 9:17 AM
    We had a family friend over for a swim and lunch yesterday - four young children all with different food constraints. I found myself shopping - standard sandwich bread in a double layer of plastic wrap, cookies in a Mylar bag with a plastic tray, a bag of baby carrots - then unshopping, putting it back. Bakery bread in a plain paper bag, which needed slicing, a bunch of unpackaged carrots in beautiful colors, no cookies. It is harder to avoid plastic in the grocery store than it should be. I was going to get cheese and sliced ham from the deli counter so I could avoid the plastic wrapping, but at this particular store they put deli foods into plastic bags instead of butcher paper. I ended up with some plastic packaging, but far less than if I had done my shopping unconsciously.

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      Rhianne Janovich 7/15/2020 4:27 PM
      Anne- I've loved reading your posts. Thank you especially for this one! Receiving the interal message guiding you to "un-shop" and put everything back is one important moment, and then actually following this advice is another! And it is a huge feat! 

      I often think about this at grocery stores; a difference that exists between the pre-packaged frozen meals and the opportunity to cook a meal using the same ingredients is a difference of time, money, energy (effort), and in packaging/resource use. When I am shopping for produce at the grocery store I am always shocked by comparing the price of packaged/prepared fruits and vegetables to the ones who have stems or are encased in their natural peels. It makes me so happy to see that it is typically always cheaper to purchase the skinned /plastic-free produce. Although (slightly!!!) less convenient, we evade another attempt to toxify our environment and save money while using our bodies to prepare the foods. Learning to slice, boil, peel, compost, and create from scratch in my opinion is a blessing. Until I'm no longer able-bodied, I'd like to exercise these abilities.

      I'm going to heed that voice in my head telling me to "un-shop" (and credit you for this brilliant buzz word!) to hopefully inspire my friends and family to do the same when they hear this internal message.

      Thanks again for your great participation and insightful posts!
  • 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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    Anne Tyler 7/02/2020 9:23 PM

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      Anne Tyler 7/03/2020 9:57 PM
      It is my husband’s homemade bread with a couple of ounces of steak and onions in an open-faced sandwich.

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      Kelly Rankich 7/03/2020 5:41 PM
      What is on the plate next to the veggies?