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  • 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?

    Sydney Bayne's avatar
    Sydney Bayne 7/31/2021 8:41 PM
    I can describe to them how reducing packaging will decrease both waste in landfills and emissions from manufacturing.  I can also provide examples of how I have made switches to sustainable packaging.

  • Anna Keefer's avatar
    Anna Keefer 7/31/2021 5:08 PM
    As plastic free july comes to an end i was reflecting on how this challenge has changed the way things are done in my home. prior to this challenge my family and i were pretty environmentally friendly but there are always places you can work on. this challenge helped me to realize what those areas were and to share solutions with my family. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Invest in a Pooper-Scooper
    How are caring for your pet and caring for the environment connected for you?

    Anna Keefer's avatar
    Anna Keefer 7/31/2021 5:05 PM
    the environment and my dog are two things that i love and so when i care for both things it makes me happy. what makes my dog happy makes me happy and when i care for the environment i know that in turn bettering the environment will better the condition of the climate and therefore limit the amount of heat related illnesses i get. 

  • Matthew Benedict's avatar
    Matthew Benedict 7/31/2021 6:04 AM
    Conclusion: Bamboo toothbrushes take some getting use to.

  • Maggie Ostdahl's avatar
    Maggie Ostdahl 7/30/2021 7:00 AM
    Just came across this app and am so excited to try it out, and send my sustainability feedback to businesses!  https://remark.eco/
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Naked Bins
    Does changing the lining of your waste bin change the kind or amount of trash you produce?

    Maggie Ostdahl's avatar
    Maggie Ostdahl 7/30/2021 6:59 AM
    I think it has made me even more conscious of the waste I'm sending to landfill or incineration (about 1 small kitchen trash can's worth per week) and pointed to a few more items I can phase out. And it reminds me of the need for system change, and to put the onus on consumer goods companies to be more accountable for the waste their products produce. 
  • 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?

    Andrea Schlunk's avatar
    Andrea Schlunk 7/30/2021 5:12 AM
    Having lived in Europe before, I was not surprised to see my usage was closer to that percentage and much lower than the average American's. I still found it disconcerting how much plastic was tied into my lifestyle, which I thought rather minimalist given income and recreation preferences. While they state the calculator is not always accurate, I feel the calculations could be honed if a duration feature were added in. For example, I may have home decor that came packaged in or is made of plastic, but it is not something I am getting rid of after a year; more often than not, I will hold on to household furnishings (and clothing) well beyond the average lifespan. 

  • April Martin's avatar
    April Martin 7/30/2021 3:25 AM
    It's amazing how much much small acts add up.  Counting the number of times I refill my reusable bottle, I've saved over 100 plastic from going in a landfill 🤗
  • 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?

    Anna Keefer's avatar
    Anna Keefer 7/29/2021 6:54 AM
    where i live the landfills are located in multiple places, white marsh and cockeysville. poorer communities are most often affected by these landfills as they are placed there purposefully because it is often an act of racism/ classism or because people feel as though the poorer communities have less power to speak against the landfills. 

  • Amanda Griffin's avatar
    Amanda Griffin 7/29/2021 6:08 AM

    • Maggie Ostdahl's avatar
      Maggie Ostdahl 7/30/2021 6:48 AM
      was just reading through some of this report (https://www.no-burn.org/5cities/) yesterday. Lots of interesting data - such as the stat that about 2% of plastic is actually recycled in Baltimore currently. But there are so many people working towards zero waste, lots of potential to change if we can reduce the amount of plastic produced and consumed!