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  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Terry Morgan's avatar
    Terry Morgan 7/28/2020 2:23 PM
    Keeping your yard or neighborhood free of litter is not only making the area more presentable but it is also a source of pride and ownership in your community.  If you don't take care of your yard/neighboring areas, you cannot expect someone else to do it.  I have a lovely neighborhood with older trees and with everyone being home, yards have more plantings and are well maintained.  Seeing trash or plastic bottles and cans along the walkway or yard, takes away from the beauty of the area.

    • Sophia Paul's avatar
      Sophia Paul 7/30/2020 1:30 PM
      I love your comment about picking up litter as a way of having pride and taking ownership! I've definitely been seeing more masks and gloves around my neighborhood - while I'm glad people are wearing masks, make sure you dispose of them properly (or even better go reusable if you can)
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

    Terry Morgan's avatar
    Terry Morgan 7/23/2020 2:03 PM
    Many restaurants are no longer offering straws automatically, you have to request them.  Sometimes they are already on the table (wrapped in plastic!).  I do not use them or I will refuse a straw if offered.  Now and then I get a Frappacino and forget to bring my own straw.  I need to be better about bringing my reusable ones with me for that reason.

  • Lisa Beckers's avatar
    Lisa Beckers 7/17/2020 7:59 AM
    I started doing something that was suggested here and now I ask them not to bag my groceries and take them out to my car and put them in my own bags. It takes a little extra effort, but it works if you want to avoid the pile of plastic bags.

  • Julie Rhyne's avatar
    Julie Rhyne 7/14/2020 6:25 AM
    It's going well.  It is easy to have zero waste and use reusable containers when you are working from home.
  • 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?

    Terry Morgan's avatar
    Terry Morgan 7/09/2020 1:20 PM

    Have to admit I had not given much thought to disposable razors and assumed (like everyone else) that they would be recycled.  Apparently, they are not!  I have taken steps to shave less (laser hair removal for my legs was done a long time ago thereby only needing touch ups).  I still buy disposable razors but not as often as the average woman since I only need to touch up now and then.  I am also using hair conditioner in place of shaving cream so that eliminates an additional expense and container going to a landfill.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Naked Bins
    Does changing the lining of your waste bin change the kind or amount of trash you produce?

    Terry Morgan's avatar
    Terry Morgan 7/06/2020 6:14 AM

    Instead of buying new plastic liners for my trash bins, I will often use plastic bags from Target or a grocery store.  It might mean changing the liners more often and discarding smaller items, but it's a way to repurpose the plastic bags when I shop.  Because of COVID, many stores will not allow customers to bring their own re-usable bags to the grocery store so if I am given plastic, I find a 2nd use for those bags.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

    Sheri McGinnis's avatar
    Sheri McGinnis 7/04/2020 4:16 PM
    I appreciate having a local farmer's market where I can purchase unwrapped produce every weekend.

    • Terry Morgan's avatar
      Terry Morgan 7/23/2020 2:07 PM
      It's easy to purchase unwrapped produce at a farmer's market.  When at the grocery store, I do not use the plastic bags that are provided as it makes no sense to me when the items can still be weighed without a bag.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

    Terry Morgan's avatar
    Terry Morgan 7/01/2020 7:42 AM
    Before finally tossing something like a bag, box or plastic container, try to repurpose it so that it is used more than once.  You can even re-use rubber bands from celery purchased at a grocery store or that come with a floral arrangement, for instance.  When I have stray ribbons from packages/gifts, I use them to tie my garden plants to stakes. 

  • Terry Morgan's avatar
    Terry Morgan 7/01/2020 7:38 AM
    Check out the collective results from last year's ecochallenge.  This is all teams who participated, not just for Deloitte, btw.

  • Terry Morgan's avatar
    Terry Morgan 6/29/2020 11:25 AM
    Over the weekend I read an article whereI learned that the age of plastics began in the 1860's when John Wesley Hyatt invented the first breakthrough synthetic polymer as a substitute for ivory.  In 1907 a Belgian chemist, Leo Hendrik Baekeland created the first fully synthetic, commercially successful plastic to replace shellac (a moldable resin made from insects with waxy shells).  So up until the 1860's the world has been able to get along quite well without it.  Food for thought, don't you think?