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  • Jinny Sutherland's avatar
    Jinny Sutherland 7/31/2020 3:07 PM
    This was an eye-opening experience! 

    • Lisa Brenskelle's avatar
      Lisa Brenskelle 7/31/2020 3:37 PM
      Whenever I participate in an EcoChallenge, I always learn something.  Glad that you had a similar experience.

  • Betty da Silva-Draud's avatar
    Betty da Silva-Draud 7/30/2020 11:02 AM
    The plastic free eco-challenge has placed me in the mode of "zero-waste." A friend suggested a great organization for those living in Houston, TX, that diverts new and used construction materials from the landfill: Reuse Warehouse. They also accept non-reupholstered furniture. When I visited the website, I found a ling "what can I bring" which directed me to the full list of acceptable items. I'm so excited. May have to rent a U-Haul truck. I might get some neighbors to join in on this quest (Reuse Warehouse - 281.814.3324). 

    • Betty da Silva-Draud's avatar
      Betty da Silva-Draud 7/30/2020 8:17 PM
      Thanks Lisa. I do take construction materials to H for H Restore. But the list of acceptable items from Reuse Warehouse is far longer.  So, it is good to be aware of both places.

    • Lisa Brenskelle's avatar
      Lisa Brenskelle 7/30/2020 4:45 PM
      You might also be interested in Habitat for Humanity's Restore.  https://www.habitat.org/restores?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItKr5gZT26gIVisDACh0avAslEAAYAiAAEgK4zfD_BwE

  • Rita Cusack's avatar
    Rita Cusack 7/30/2020 5:53 AM
    I made a new batch of yogurt and am surprised to find that it is just the way I like it!!! creamy and less tangy.  I am really glad this is working out because I can stop bringing home 32 oz plastic containers!  Participating in this Eco challenge has gotten me thinking about single use plastic all of the time.  I bring it up in many conversations with friends which has led to interesting conversations about how we reduce our plastic usage.  I am so glad I signed up for this challenge.

    • Betty da Silva-Draud's avatar
      Betty da Silva-Draud 7/30/2020 10:45 AM
      Hi Rita,
      I'm so glad you have been successful with yogurt-making. It's on my list to tackle in the future.

    • Lisa Brenskelle's avatar
      Lisa Brenskelle 7/30/2020 4:46 PM
      I am delighted to hear that the Plastic Free EcoChallenge has been a good experience.  The next online EcoChallenge is in October, and is more general (not focused specifically on plastic) so keep an eye out for it.  The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston will have a team.

  • Rita Cusack's avatar
    Rita Cusack 7/30/2020 5:53 AM
    I made a new batch of yogurt and am surprised to find that it is just the way I like it!!! creamy and less tangy.  I am really glad this is working out because I can stop bringing home 32 oz plastic containers!  Participating in this Eco challenge has gotten me thinking about single use plastic all of the time.  I bring it up in many conversations with friends which has led to interesting conversations about how we reduce our plastic usage.  I am so glad I signed up for this challenge.

  • Betty da Silva-Draud's avatar
    Betty da Silva-Draud 7/29/2020 8:59 PM
    I finally got to read about "source-separated" recycling and watch some virtual tours of "single-stream" recycling. The convenience of the single-stream recycling process comes at a cost, as reported by NPR (https://www.npr.org/2015/03/31/396319000/with-single-stream-recycling-convenience-comes-at-a-cost). To minimize recycling contamination, we collect paper and glass separately and drop them off at a City of Houston recycling center.

    • Betty da Silva-Draud's avatar
      Betty da Silva-Draud 7/30/2020 8:12 PM
      Thanks Lisa! Great tip.

    • Lisa Brenskelle's avatar
      Lisa Brenskelle 7/30/2020 4:48 PM
      I like to take my paper recycling to one of the bins at a local non-profit. They make some money from collecting the paper.  There might be one in your area.

  • Lisa Brenskelle's avatar
    Lisa Brenskelle 7/24/2020 12:58 PM
    I found the correct phone number for the Tyvek recycling program offered by DuPont.  Tyvek is that flexible, durable, untearable & water-resistant material that looks like paper but is actually plastic.  It is used for envelopes, but also a number of other products. My husband and I get it when we participate in organized bike rides or runs, since it is used to create the numbers worn by the cyclists/runners.  I called DuPont today, and they indicated that the recycling program is still operating, but they are currently out of the mail-in bags that they send you in which to return your Tyvek to the company.  Call them at 1-800-448-9835 for more details.

  • Betty da Silva-Draud's avatar
    Betty da Silva-Draud 7/20/2020 8:30 PM
    Kudos to Sally Beauty Supply! They are phasing out plastic shopping bags. Customers will have the option of bringing their own bag or pay for paper bags.

  • Lisa Brenskelle's avatar
    Lisa Brenskelle 7/19/2020 10:42 AM
    We all know that Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a priority order.  And, we've all been trying to reduce plastic consumption throughout July.  But, I wanted to tell everyone about a recycling option with which you may not be familiar, in case there are things that you can't reduce or re-use, and you don't know of recycling options. Check out https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/ - you might be surprised at what can be recycled through their programs.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

    Lisa Brenskelle's avatar
    Lisa Brenskelle 7/17/2020 1:19 PM
    There are nearly two dozen toxic waste sites listed on the TCEQ site for Harris county.  A number are on the East side of the county.  A few indicate that remediation is complete.  They represent a wide range of former industrial sites.  Most are under EPA jurisdiction, but some are only under TCEQ jurisdiction.  Check it out at: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/remediation/superfund/sites/county/harris.html

  • Lisa Brenskelle's avatar
    Lisa Brenskelle 7/16/2020 3:51 PM
    I did a little online research today, and learned that farm animals in Texas sometimes ingest plastic bags and die. This impacts cattle and horses.  The impact on marine animals and birds is well-known, but I hadn't known about livestock being killed.