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  • Jennifer Klotz's avatar
    Jennifer Klotz 8/06/2021 7:28 PM
    Since I can still post, I figure I’ll pop this on here. I’ve been peeling the plastic window off pasta boxes forever but now Lidl will save me a step. How cool 😎
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

    Mark Swingle's avatar
    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:37 AM
    This was a relatively easy one because my family is already packing our food with us for most travel, especially when camping. Packing most of your food is beneficial in many ways, from helping to manage a healthy diet, to saving time and money while traveling. Of course, packing in reusable containers just makes sense!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

    Mark Swingle's avatar
    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:30 AM
    Most of us have many options available for food storage that can eliminate the need for single use plastic bags and containers. Reusable containers are an obvious option, but we also find ourselves in situations where we don't currently have good choices - such as my favorite take-out restaurant that still uses many single-use products. There is legislation to address some of these issues, however our communication with the retailers about our preferences for more green food service products can also be an important component. Some changes will take time, but we can reach our goals if we stay focused on the desired outcomes.     
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Mark Swingle's avatar
    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:20 AM
    It as a good experience beyond the benefits of the fresh produce because we are spending time outside, paying attention to the natural wonders of the garden, and using our compost for the benefit of enriching the soil. 
  • 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?

    Mark Swingle's avatar
    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:17 AM
    First, it is very difficult to purchase many items without single use plastics. This emphasizes the need for re-thinking the supply chain, for reducing dependence on plastics, and for extended producer responsibility for plastic packaging. In the mean time, we can make good choices whenever and wherever they exist. 
  • 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?

    Mark Swingle's avatar
    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:13 AM
    I believe the plastic packaging for produce is believed to serve the consumer, but it also has been widely adopted by the producers and retailers. We can market and shop for produce without single-use plastic, but we have to have the will to do it! 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Mark Swingle's avatar
    Mark Swingle 8/01/2021 10:08 AM
    It makes you more aware of the problem, such as what are the primary components in the litter steam, and therefor more resolved to be part of the solutions, especially to single-use plastics.

  • Jennifer Klotz's avatar
    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2021 7:14 PM
    Participating in PFJ has been super fun! I’ve learned a TON but know there’s more so I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for news and tips. The past year has solidified my focus on the war against plastic.

    • Allie Hobgood's avatar
      Allie Hobgood 8/03/2021 8:27 AM
      Great job this year Jen!! You should be proud of all you accomplished :)
  • 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?

    Jennifer Klotz's avatar
    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2021 6:50 PM
    Fascinatingly, there is an upscale neighborhood across the street from Dominion Recycling Center in Chesapeake. At least that’s what I can deduce from Google Maps lol The houses are large and many have pools. This site is used for construction/demo debris, shingles, and creosote. That last one is particularly nasty. I’m very curious as to which structures were there first! Another landfill is HR Recovery Center, which sits next to VB Landfill. Fence line neighbors include an elementary school and nice looking townhouses. So I guess in this area, the opposite holds true regarding environmental justice. BTW, all sites I viewed ran along waterways :(

  • Dawn Emery's avatar
    Dawn Emery 7/31/2021 2:15 PM
    Way to go team! You are all awesome!