July 1 - July 31, 2019

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  • Isabel Garcia-Trevino 8/01/2019 3:59 PM
    I keep a grocery bag of single use plastic to tie up into a ball to put in recycling (per city guidelines). I noticed that at the beginning of July, weekly I was putting at least 2 soccer-ball sized bags of single-use plastic into the recycling bin. Now, I've been putting in 1 soccer-ball sized bag. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

    Isabel Garcia-Trevino 8/01/2019 3:57 PM
    Buying used keeps "old" items from ending up in the trash. I feel good about buying used. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

    Isabel Garcia-Trevino 8/01/2019 3:55 PM
    Using smaller reusable bags when buying loose produce like apples, lemons, etc. 
  • 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.

    Isabel Garcia-Trevino 8/01/2019 3:54 PM
    Not directly in my community; however, down in South Padre I did notice that the Hilton hotel I stayed at did not give out single use straws with their beverages, including mixed drinks. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Start Composting
    Do an inventory of how much food waste you would save from going to the landfill if you start composting all of the time. What are the added benefits of having compost that is readily accessible?

    Isabel Garcia-Trevino 8/01/2019 3:52 PM
    Good known source of dirt for a garden.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Water Bottles
    Using the links provided, investigate the bottling practices of water corporations. There have been many cases where the water rights of the local people have been violated or even completely disregarded when a corporation decides to bottle water from a particular water source. How can you advocate for those who have been harmed by this bottling process?

    Isabel Garcia-Trevino 8/01/2019 3:52 PM
    reduce or not buy bottled water, period.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Provide the Alternatives
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) does your family regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

    Isabel Garcia-Trevino 8/01/2019 3:51 PM
    straws - reusable heavy duty plastic or stainless steel

  • Bekky Muscher-Hodges 7/31/2019 12:40 PM
    Well, last day of the official Plastic Free July Challenge...  just went grocery shopping with hubby.  Wins and losses.  Reusable bags, check!  Seems line everything that we needed to purchase was plastic wrapped except for squash, zucchini, and onions.  Sigh.  Looking around at other people's grocery carts is just staggering too.  Everything is plastic. 
    Need to look into alternative wet cat food packaging...  maybe just raw diet?  But now my brain is wandering.
    It has been a fun challenge this year!  Looking forward to keeping up new habits and continuing to find ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
    See you next July!

  • Sam Peterson 7/31/2019 11:49 AM
    I'm happy to have completed all my actions and had a pretty successful 2nd PFJ, but a bit sad that the challenge is ending.  I managed to keep the habits from last year so I should be able to do the same this time, plus think about what else I can add going forward.  

  • Bekky Muscher-Hodges 7/30/2019 1:17 PM
    My missing Nalgene has been recovered!  So happy!