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  • Merry Rankin's avatar
    Merry Rankin 7/29/2020 10:45 AM
    I continue to be overwhelmed by how many components of life have plastic imbedded in them.  However, this Challenge has reminded me to not feel like I have to accomplish everything at once, rather to just to committed to being observant, making change (even is seemingly small) and keep moving forward.

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    Merry Rankin 7/24/2020 8:06 AM
    Plastic free meal has been one of the biggest challenges for me.  Not necessarily main ingredients, but the side components...  rice, macaroni, the spices, cheese.  Has me definitely learning more about what my local grocers offer in products and services.
  • 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?

    Merry Rankin's avatar
    Merry Rankin 7/21/2020 12:46 PM
    Definitely a little easier pre-COVID, as far as shopping and not using plastic bags for produce. At least many of our grocery stores are still not allowing reusable bags - either in general or for produce.  Definitely makes me further consider meal planning.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal
    We know you want to - tell us about why your pet is so awesome!

    Merry Rankin's avatar
    Merry Rankin 7/21/2020 12:43 PM
    What a great idea!!  VERY effective!!  And with something that has multi-uses!  Very effective for getting pet hair off of upholstered furniture too.

  • Ayodeji Oluwalana's avatar
    Ayodeji Oluwalana 7/14/2020 8:35 AM
    Influencing my family to reduce single-use items is one way to influence changes.

  • Merry Rankin's avatar
    Merry Rankin 7/07/2020 8:29 AM
    SO many plastics in life!

  • Gina Holtzbauer's avatar
    Gina Holtzbauer 7/06/2020 8:15 AM
    I did't realize how many things I already do to make a difference in plastic usage!

  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

    Merry Rankin's avatar
    Merry Rankin 7/02/2020 9:30 AM
    I have been looking for personal care products for years to help me get away from plastic. It takes time, but the internet is so helpful in finding discussion groups and connecting to others trying to do the same thing. It is really a great feeling to not put ANYTHING in the trash when I finish using the products that are in sustainable packaging materials!!
  • 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?

    Angela Dunkin's avatar
    Angela Dunkin 7/02/2020 8:33 AM
    I was surprised by the number of things that I use that I didn't realize had plastic!