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  • 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?

    Lisa Thibault's avatar
    Lisa Thibault 7/30/2021 8:28 AM
    I was happy to hear that my plastic usage is lower than the average American's but it's still not great. I use around 58kg of plastic. I've been trying to cut out more plastic, but it seems impossible at times. I decided to join repurpose in hopes to find more ways to reduce plastic every day. If anyone knows of a good bulk food place, let me know!
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Invest in a Pooper-Scooper
    How are caring for your pet and caring for the environment connected for you?

    Shelby Priester's avatar
    Shelby Priester 7/30/2021 5:45 AM
    This can be hard because I don't want to use a plastic poop bag when taking my dog for a walk, I often contemplate how burying it would be better so that I do not use plastic....but then I could be spreading canine diseases in the environment.  What is the trade off?
  • 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?

    Shelby Priester's avatar
    Shelby Priester 7/30/2021 5:42 AM
    Honestly, I was surprised and horrified at how many kilograms of plastic I use a year. As someone who is pretty eco friendly and consious of my decisions, it can still be so hard to avoid plastic usage when SO many things at the grocery store are packaged in plastic. :( 

  • Leah Gath's avatar
    Leah Gath 7/27/2021 4:14 PM
    I found a good template for sending emails to brands/stores about their packaging! Always a fun evening activity to harass big corporations about their less-than-ideal environmental policies! :D

    Hello [Company Name],

    My name is [Name] and I recently purchased a few items from your online store. I have been a fan of your brand for many years.

    Recently, I noticed that some of your packaging was non-recyclable. [List what parts of the packaging were unsustainable].

    I have been practicing a zero-waste lifestyle by refusing to use single-use plastics and making the best effort to divert trash from landfills. Businesses that are dependent on single-use plastics are contributing to many of our environmental problems.

    These plastics take over 500 years on average to decompose and end up polluting our oceans, lands, animals, and sitting in landfills for longer than the lifecycle of the actual product.

    Unfortunately, this means that [product] can no longer be part of my routine because it contains packaging that is non-sustainable and harmful to our environment.

    I would love to continue supporting you. I would like to suggest a few options to make your business more sustainable.

    [List 2-3 options for alternative packaging]
    I would love to cooperate with you in some form thereafter to promote your sustainable practices with my friends and family.

    I really appreciate your consideration in regards to this issue and hope to hear back from you. Thank you for your time.

    [Your Full Name]
  • 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?

    Leah Gath's avatar
    Leah Gath 7/13/2021 4:42 PM
    I think that trying to express my personality without buying new things is actually a really fun challenge! I have never really been a person to buy clothes unless they were absolutely necessary, and even then most of my clothes come secondhand, but it's interesting to think about how one could still express themselves without actually purchasing anything. Trading items with friends or family might be a good option, or even repurposing old items into something new and fresh. I am definitely not crafty enough (nor concerned enough about my appearance to actually try) but I am sure there are plenty of talented crafters that could make some amazing outfits from old outfits. 

  • Penny Felski's avatar
    Penny Felski 7/13/2021 7:11 AM
    Hello Team!
    I am leading a clean-up through The Nature Sanctuary Society of WNY on July 25th at our Sherman C. Bishop (hellbender) Preserve. If anyone is interested in participating, I can take 3 others in my car. We would meet at the zoo at 8:15 It is a nice day outside in New York State's only hellbender preserve. First, I talk about hellbenders and why the Preserve is important to protect. We go through and have our clean up, and then take a break with each other in the shade with our bagged lunches. Then we complete a salamander survey of the hillside and then we show the group at least one hellbender. I am the custodian of the preserve. Usually, it is a member only trip, but I would love to take a zoo crew down with me for some support. Email me if you are interested.
    Have you hugged your hellbender today?
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

    Penny Felski's avatar
    Penny Felski 7/13/2021 7:01 AM
    It disgusts me that so many humans throw trash around the earth with no regard. I remember learning to not litter in kindergarten. What happens to adults that they forget this lesson? We need to do better!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

    Shelby Priester's avatar
    Shelby Priester 7/12/2021 11:08 AM
    For 3 years I have used only reusable containers for my work lunches with the occasional plastic baggy for chips. This year for my birthday I asked for those silicone reusable bags. They are great for chips/fruit/sandwiches in lunches and storing items in the fridge instead of using plastic bags. Next up: reusable produce bags
  • Reflection Question
    Food Give Up Gum
    Why do you chew gum? What habits could replace and meet your reasons for chewing gum?

    Shelby Priester's avatar
    Shelby Priester 7/12/2021 11:06 AM
    I had no idea chewing gum contained plastic!!! I used to chew gum pretty regularly for fresh breath after a meal / something to do. Definitely not a necessity and moving forward I will only chew gum that is plastic free.
  • 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?

    Lynn Hougle's avatar
    Lynn Hougle 7/11/2021 8:29 AM
    Ive been trying the chewable toothpaste. I recommend it whenever I can.