July 1 - July 31, 2020

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  • Jennifer Merkel 7/11/2020 10:54 AM
    Tomorrow I officially start my trash audit. Should be very enlightening. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using reusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable food packaging or eating utensils, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

    Lisa Fitzgerald 7/11/2020 9:19 AM
    Picked up dinner from a restaurant for myself and two neighbors with medical conditions.  Refused the plastic eating utensils, BUT received a lot of styrofoam containers.  FAIL!

    • Maureen C. 7/11/2020 9:57 AM
      Gah, same here. I think it's going to take serious pressure on Corporate, with a cc to media.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using reusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable food packaging or eating utensils, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

    Lisa Fitzgerald 7/11/2020 9:19 AM
    Picked up dinner from a restaurant for myself and two neighbors with medical conditions.  Refused the plastic eating utensils, BUT received a lot of styrofoam containers.  FAIL!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Lisa Fitzgerald 7/11/2020 9:18 AM
    The day after trash pick up.  I quickly found a plastic bag on the street at the beginning of my walk and starting picking up litter.  Got 33 pieces in an hour.

    • Maureen C. 7/11/2020 10:04 AM
      Where my farm Lane meets the highway is a popular spot to heave trash from cars, or pickup trucks flying Confederate flags. Grumbling under my breath as I pick up!

  • Kevin Graham 7/11/2020 8:12 AM
    If there's interest in people trying a very environmentally friendly laundry detergent and fabric softener option I'm more than willing to bring in some Dropps pods to give away.  I've been using them since they started as a company and they do work well.  Cost isn't much different from buying big jugs of water with a few chemicals added.

  • Shannon College 7/10/2020 4:10 PM
    One of the hardest plastics for me to avoid are snacks! I'm a forager, so I always have something to munch on. Bulk foods at Winco probably would've provided me with some great, high sugar options, but I'm trying to be a bit more thoughtful (sometimes) about what exactly I'm eating. A few years ago I bought a food dehydrator, and it was one of my favorite purchases to date. Although it takes a bit longer than a purchase at the grocery store, I save so much money by making my own homemade fruit leathers! I simply pick a few fruits, blend them until smooth, maybe add some honey for extra sweetness. Pour the mixture into a pot or pan and throw it on the stove, letting it simmer while stirring for a few minutes. This speeds up the drying process by eliminating a lot of the dense water, and also helps to sweeten the mix. Once it's cooled, you can either pour it onto parchment paper, wax paper, or a reusable silicone mat on a cookie sheet. Toss it into the oven at 140* and wait a few hours, or put on a fruit leather sheet in the dehydrator, and presto! Homemade fruit leather, no artificial sweetener, and zero plastic! *additional tip-make extra of your fruit mix and store in the freezer for the next time you're craving fruit leathers-it'll save you time in the long run and helps use up additional fruit.

  • Jennifer Merkel 7/10/2020 10:48 AM
    Sometimes all you have to do is not be scared to ask. Got take out a couple weeks ago and asked that it be covered with foil instead of the plastic lid and they agreed. Also had been in the habit of taking my own containers for left overs when I went to a restaurant, but that doesn’t really happen right now. 
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  • Lyndsey Jones 7/10/2020 9:26 AM
    Just pick something to motivate you, for me it's creating a better world for animals (oh and beating the rest of my team) 64 posts come on, writing your memoirs over there JK :D

  • Debbie Milligan 7/10/2020 9:02 AM
    No new words of wisdom today 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

    Kevin Graham 7/09/2020 9:22 PM
    Not much of a personal benefit to switching to bars years ago, and definitely not a direct economic benefit since they’re more expensive to purchase.  The benefit is entirely environmental.