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  • Nidhi Kaul's avatar
    Nidhi Kaul 7/31/2020 9:19 AM
    Folks in the San Francisco Bay Area, any recommendations on organic CSAs near us to start subscribing from? I've heard of a few but they are all waitlisted due to high demand! Another option I am considering is Imperfect Produce, but I have heard some stories about receiving rotten produce in their boxes. Any thoughts welcome.

    P.S. So sad the challenge is ending today, has been a lot of fun learning from y'all. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Ellen Van Looy's avatar
    Ellen Van Looy 7/31/2020 7:53 AM
    We moved into our own place at the start of the year and for the first time every, we have a separate collection for recycling and compostables, which is great!
    The first thing I've learned is that we generate quite a bit of compostables waste, though, thankfully, not as much food waste, meaning there could be fruit or veg peels/stones/etc in there as opposed to throwing out food. I think being at home more has helped to plan our meals better and ensure we're using what we have.
    The second thing I've learned is that, while I'm glad we now have a separate bin for recycling, there's a lot of plastic that goes into that bin. I'm way more conscious now about my plastic use and notice that there are so many products that you can only buy in plastic, which means there's more I can do to avoid buying those products and speak up more as well.
    We currently have about plastic shopping bag size of "other" waste each week. This is mainly plastic film from e.g. fruits/vegetables as well as wrapping plastic from items we have bought.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Ellen Van Looy's avatar
    Ellen Van Looy 7/31/2020 7:53 AM
    We moved into our own place at the start of the year and for the first time every, we have a separate collection for recycling and compostables, which is great!
    The first thing I've learned is that we generate quite a bit of compostables waste, though, thankfully, not as much food waste, meaning there could be fruit or veg peels/stones/etc in there as opposed to throwing out food. I think being at home more has helped to plan our meals better and ensure we're using what we have.
    The second thing I've learned is that, while I'm glad we now have a separate bin for recycling, there's a lot of plastic that goes into that bin. I'm way more conscious now about my plastic use and notice that there are so many products that you can only buy in plastic, which means there's more I can do to avoid buying those products and speak up more as well.
    We currently have about plastic shopping bag size of "other" waste each week. This is mainly plastic film from e.g. fruits/vegetables as well as wrapping plastic from items we have bought.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

    Angelica Balbuena's avatar
    Angelica Balbuena 7/31/2020 4:52 AM
    I used loads of boxes for refrigerating food or store them in the cupboard if they're made of plastic. As an alternative, I used loads of glass storage. Switching to alternatives like glass or bamboo storage is also helping me clean up the kitchen cupboard, get a better overview what I have and food won't be wasted.

  • Angelica Balbuena's avatar
    Angelica Balbuena 7/31/2020 4:49 AM
    This challenge was incredible! At the beginning of the month, I wasn't sure if I could manage all of the actions. It wasn't always easy the whole time, but I managed to go through it with my flatmates together. I will def keep loads of those actions in mind and keep them going :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

    Christina Schmidt's avatar
    Christina Schmidt 7/31/2020 4:44 AM
    It has been a long time that I am using deodorants without aluminum, but I just recently discovered that deodorant bars or jars are super useful.

  • Pat Meehan's avatar
    Pat Meehan 7/31/2020 4:35 AM
    Going to set a daily phone reminder with challenges and try to alternate my challenges possibly changing weekly and will take them from the options offered here.... Well done all involved ;)

  • Nidhi Kaul's avatar
    Nidhi Kaul 7/30/2020 10:06 AM
    Yesterday evening, I completed the Employee's Guide to Sustainability on LinkedIn Learning and had some of my knowledge reinforced by Elizabeth Bagley. I highly recommend the course and, having met Elizabeth a few times at the California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) in the past, she is a great person to connect with and constantly learn from. One of the coolest takeaways from this course was how to start getting into a circular economy via loopstore.com. This is how it works: 
    • Imagine zero-waste versions of your everyday essentials from all your favorite brands. That’s us.
      Why own a product's packaging (and have to throw it away when you're done), when all we really want is the stuff inside? With Loop, temporarily place a 100% refundable deposit to borrow the packaging, and we'll professionally clean and reuse it once you're finished.
    • When you're done with a Loop product, just put it back into the Loop Tote and schedule a free pick up from your home. Alternatively, you can also return them at one of our drop off points, or schedule a pick up to coincide with your next delivery.
    There are some great brands here that I use often, such as Haagen Dazs, Nature's Path, Seventh Generation, Clorox, Crest, and REN Skincare. I'm going to try this out soon!

  • Nidhi Kaul's avatar
    Nidhi Kaul 7/30/2020 9:58 AM
    Ben Lai just shared that there is a startup working on red algae that can decrease the amount of methane that cows emit and drastically reduce our global GHG/carbon footprint. LINK here. I thought that was so cool and had to share. Meat consumption, particularly of red meat, is such a huge contributor to GHG and this could really make a dent. Of course our first choice would be to choose plant forward meals, but it's so difficult to ask people to change their diet as it is so personal. Hence this is a great 2nd option. 

  • Ellen Van Looy's avatar
    Ellen Van Looy 7/30/2020 4:08 AM
    We're having a go at making our own hummus! While it's not totally zero waste, the chickpeas and the tahini will be plastic free, which is a win! The other ingredients are all package free.