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  • Mary Graves's avatar
    Mary Graves 7/30/2020 8:33 AM
    I thought I was doing well in my quest to use less plastic and reduce my carbon foot print but this challenge has really made me aware that the day to day little things you do can make a big impact over time.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Sign a Petition
    What is a plastic-related issue in your state/province?

    Amber Bryant's avatar
    Amber Bryant 7/29/2020 7:43 PM
    I signed a petition calling for global action committed to reducing single use plastics via the WWF.  WWF.panda.org
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Amber Bryant's avatar
    Amber Bryant 7/29/2020 7:38 PM
    I watched A Plastic Ocean- it was super eye opening and informative about the impact of single use and other plastics on our environment. The images of Fiji and Manila were unlike anything I’d ever seen, as the plastic has destroyed the natural environment and the health of the community.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Emma Sheldon's avatar
    Emma Sheldon 7/22/2020 7:54 PM
    I watched "A Plastic Ocean". This documentary examined the massive impact that plastic use has on our oceans. I learned that 70% of plastic ends up on the ocean floors! I encourage everyone to watch and limit our use of single-use plastics.  
  • 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?

    Amber Bryant's avatar
    Amber Bryant 7/22/2020 9:38 AM
    The easiest area to make the change is in produce. Pre-COVID I would bring personal reusable produce bags for my produce, but with that not being allowed, I had switched back to some plastic bags, mainly for items that were damp. This week, I didn't use any plastic bags, as I just put all of the produce together in my same reusable back at checkout and they didn't really need their own plastic bags. 

  • Madison Kelly's avatar
    Madison Kelly 7/21/2020 7:09 AM
    I have just recently started to research ways I can reduce plastic day to day. My first step is to get some eco-friendly bathroom products!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

    Cheyenne Burchett's avatar
    Cheyenne Burchett 7/20/2020 8:49 AM
    I was surprised at how many accesible options there were for more sustainable toothpaste packaging. I purchased toothpaste in an aluminum package this weekend and I will encourage others to try it as well!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

    Renee Bodart's avatar
    Renee Bodart 7/15/2020 8:23 AM
    The shampoo bar I have surprisingly has lasted much longer than I originally expected! It's not too expensive, is very compact (good for traveling), and overall has been cheaper than buying shampoo from a bottle.
  • 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?

    Cheyenne Burchett's avatar
    Cheyenne Burchett 7/14/2020 8:42 AM
    I learned that I consume a bit less than the average American, a bit more than the average European, and much more than the average Indian. While I've taken steps this year to consume less, I still have work to do!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make My Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

    Amber Bryant's avatar
    Amber Bryant 7/10/2020 5:27 PM
    We made Kombucha at home. I found a new recipe- Raspberry, Lemon Ginger, that’s supposed to be like GT’s Trilogy flavor. It was exciting to be able to find a good recipe and make it at home! It’s great that we’ll reduce the impact of all of the inputs that go into a pre-packages product!