July 1 - July 31, 2020

Jen Weber

MTM

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,501 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    335
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    337
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    11
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Jen's Actions

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

Community

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Homemade Pet Food/Treats

I will prepare my own pet food and treats to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Share My Actions

I will post to my social media networks about how reducing our plastic use is important for both environmental justice and conservation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 60 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 90 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed


  • Jen Weber 7/26/2020 1:06 PM
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    Oat milk is super sustainable, delicious, and easy to make. It when makes me so happy when the aforementioned qualities coexist in harmony 😁 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Homemade Pet Food/Treats
    Does making your own pet food seem like a habit you can keep up in the long term? What else can you do to reduce your use of plastic packaging that can come from taking care of your pet's needs?

    Jen Weber 7/18/2020 7:28 AM
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    In addition to the plastic waste concern, there are also a ton of recalls on pet treats. While there are many adorable pet treat recipes on the internet, I've generally preferred a simpler approach. Deydrated sweet potatoes are super healthy, and Gaston loves them. Additionally, they are really easy to prepare and far more cost effective than store-bought options. 

    • Kristin Curry 7/22/2020 7:43 AM
      Love this! They are also so good for them. Look at him on the couch in the right hand photo dreaming of treats lol.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make My Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

    Jen Weber 7/15/2020 6:16 PM
    We made bread (focaccia) tonight. Not only is this a great low waste option, but it's also a great way to kill some time while we're sticking close to home. One can read but so many books before she starts to get a little stir crazy...  

  • Jen Weber 7/15/2020 3:40 PM
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    Zero waste stew with beets, calabaza (like pumpkin), red lentils, and seasoning like curry, turmeric, spices, etc. 

  • Jen Weber 7/07/2020 3:07 PM
    Pro Tip #1: Feeling embarrassed or awkward about neighbors seeing you pick up trash? Wear a mask and shades. They serve as an excellent disguise.
    Pro Tip #2: Doggy poop bags also function as excellent litter bags.
    Don't forget to submit your pictures to Core!!!
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  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Jen Weber 7/04/2020 9:09 AM
    I just finished watching "The Story of Plastic" (available on Prime). WOW this was really eye opening. Alongside this documentary, I've been dedicating time to research how we can hold brands accountable to plastic production and reduce the blame placed on consumers for our world's waste problem. If you are interested in this topic, I'd really recommend watching the documentary. 

  • Jen Weber 7/01/2020 5:31 AM
    It's July 1, and it's time to get this challenge started!

    I posted earlier about weekly team goals. To allow everyone time to prepare, the weekly goals will be announced in advance. The weekly goal will be assigned on Sunday, and you can complete the action as many times as you'd like throughout the week. MTM would like to see your progress! Please feel encouraged to share pictures of you, friends, family, adorable puppies, etc completing the weekly goals (submit to #Core). 

    Week 1: Watch a documentary about waste - also noteworthy, the site provides some excellent suggestions if you aren't sure where to start.
    Week 2: Pick up trash with friends and family
    Week 3: Prepare a zero-waste meal
    Week 4: "Give some green gratitude" - Participants may submit selfies holding messages recognizing others (colleagues, companies, family members, etc) for their green actions.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Jen Weber 7/01/2020 5:20 AM
    I live right next to the bay and cringe when I see plastic waste littering the sidewalks and streets. It only takes one rainy or windy day before it all ends up in the water. I appreciate this extra motivation to do my part in picking it up before that happens, and I hope this habit long-term.

  • Jen Weber 6/28/2020 6:59 AM
    Hi, everyone! I  am excited to see the enthusiasm for this challenge. In addition to our individual goals, we will have weekly team goals. The first goal is to watch a documentary about waste, and, if possible, discuss it with family and friends after. I am considering using Netflix Party to watch with family/friends. This allows us to stream simultaneously and use a chat function. I look forward to hearing about your experiences!