July 1 - July 31, 2020

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  • Louisa Lubiak 7/31/2020 3:44 PM
    On this final day of the Ecochallenge I went on my last trash walk around my neighborhood. I found a neighbor’s month-old newspaper in its bag under a bush, so I used it to collect pieces of trash. I used my paper bag to store sweet potatoes instead. 

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/30/2020 5:17 PM
    I went for another neighborhood trash walk today. Lo & behold, I found another unused doggie waste bag on my route - what a funny coincidence!

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/28/2020 5:32 PM
    I went for another neighborhood walk today & found an unused dog waste bag. I used it to collect the little bits of trash along my route. 

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/27/2020 4:57 PM
    I got the opportunity to walk around my neighborhood today so I picked up some trash. The first item was a plastic newspaper bag so I used it as my collection bag instead of the paper bag I brought along. 
  • 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?

    Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/20/2020 7:29 AM
    Okay, so much plastic for no reason, I noticed if I want to reduce my plastic it means having to buy certain things and not others. For example I love oranges but they come in a bag at ALDI so I have to make a choice. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/20/2020 7:16 AM
    Okay right now this is hard because you know COVID and not being able to bring our bags in. HOWEVER, I make an effort to remember to say no bag and just bring the cart out to my car and bag them there. Sometimes I forget but I do my best to say no bag. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Reusable Face Coverings
    In what other ways can you use creativity or innovation to reduce your waste while adapting to our current times?

    Anna Belardo 7/19/2020 2:15 PM
    Instead of using throw-away disinfecting wipes, I have been using a cleaner and small cloths that I can wash in the washer.

  • Louisa Lubiak 7/12/2020 7:26 PM
    My boyfriend & I worked at decluttering the garage today. He rediscovered many treasures, such as old family photos & mementos from past events. I uncovered more dead & obsolete electronics that someone else had unloaded on me a few years ago. We got a lot accomplished but there's more decluttering to be done another day.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

    Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/12/2020 10:42 AM
    Honestly no. With the pandemic everyone is going for the easy option that does not require thinking, it seems it is just a default that people always rely on. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

    Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/12/2020 9:43 AM
    I find myself questioning if I really need something special during this pandemic. Do I really need that chocolate bar? Am I really hungry or just thirsty? I think I want to bring this idea of needs and wants more into my everyday thinking. 

    I want a cookie but do I need a cookie. I want a high sugary drink but do I really need it. 

    I am in the process of furnishing/decorating/moving in/going insane for my house. I have a bunch of boxes of just stuff from my 26 years of living. Do I really need all of it? I hope once I finish my kitchen I can go through and do some decluttering and understand what is just useless plastic and what holds meaning. 

    • Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/14/2020 2:11 PM
      Thanks Louisa!

    • Louisa Lubiak 7/12/2020 7:16 PM
      Gaby, you may have 26 years' worth of stuff to sort thru, but I have 58 years' worth! Would you believe I still have something from when I was a baby? It's my favorite kitty-cat doll, but all that's left of it is the rubber face. At any age, decluttering is mind boggling!