July 1 - July 31, 2020

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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. 

  • Sahara Strothers 8/01/2020 12:00 AM
    I'm happy I participated in this year's Plastic Free Ecochallenge! It was my first time and I'm happy with the actions I chose to commit to. I definitely want to keep up the daily actions, and can't wait to be a part of this supportive community again! 

  • 🍓 I was gifted popsicle molds and recipes by family, and made strawberry popsicles on Sunday — they came out so great! Currently waiting for grapefruit popsicles to freeze. I'm happy to turn fruit (and overripe fruit) into frozen treats. The molds are made of plastic, but they are infinitely reusable and will save a lot of cellophane wrappers and boxes from the bin. Plus, the popsicles are usually just fruit, sugar, and water — not healthy, exactly, but wonderfully simple. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    I learned how easy it is to make my own cleaning products and that most of the ingredients are things I already have in the house! It is an easy way to save money and reduce plastic. My family has also been looking into buying more concentrates and using reusable bottles 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Sahara Strothers 7/30/2020 11:26 PM
    I noticed the other morning when I was watering my tomato plants, some birds (Dark-eyed Junco) had flew down as I was fetching more water. They flew off when I approached, but I think they came down to either drink the droplets from the leaves, or try and find bugs along the damp ground. That moment further inspires me to want to plant more, especially plants that encourage native wildlife. 

  • Just watched the documentary, A Plastic Ocean, for the first time. It ended up just me watching it this evening, but I can still talk with my family about it! One of the things that stood out to me from it were the plastic pellets, or "nurdles". A few weeks ago I went to the beach and I did some litter pick up, there. Among the micro-plastics in the sand, I found these inorganic bead-like plastics. Now I know they were nurdles.
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  • Kei Okano 7/30/2020 9:00 PM
    I will keep my challenge that will lead me to healthy life. I will rethink about my wastes. Reduce them as much as possible by buying smart.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Kei Okano 7/30/2020 8:56 PM
    I watched "slowing down the fast fashion" on amazon video. I will not  throw away the clothes that I can use with repairing.
  • 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?

    Kei Okano 7/30/2020 8:51 PM
    I use self self check out, because they (at the manned check out)  use too much plastic package.
  • 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?

    I found out quite a bit! For one, it was kinda nice to know that my consumption of plastic items is about 20% less than the average american, but still nearly 25% more than the average European. It makes me want to do some research as to what about the avg. European lifestyle contributes to less plastic consumption. I also learned that plastic is EVERYWHERE. I didn't really think about a car and its plastic parts being a part of the problem, for example. Now that I saved my results I'm going to see if I can lower my plastic footprint by next year's Plastic Free July!