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  • Sophia Thompson's avatar
    Sophia Thompson 8/17/2021 1:21 PM
    I originally joined this program to do something for the Earth and see how I could improve my day to day lifestyle.  Not only have I achieved these goals, with the help of this wonderful community, but I've also gained a deeper understand and respect for our planet which I can thank you all for.  It has been a pleasure, and I think we can all safely say that our efforts will not stop here.  There is only one road to save the planet, after all, and it is one paved without plastic.  Well wishes from Washington. 

  • Mugdha Chiplunkar's avatar
    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/31/2021 10:53 PM
    I read some more of Plastic Ocean by Charles Moore today, and I have to say, it is not an easy read. This book really makes you think about our values and needs as a society, as well as the sheer amount of plastic we make, consume, and throw away. I am so glad to have participated in this challenge and I hope to continue reducing the amount of plastic I use!

  • Evelyn Rush's avatar
    Evelyn Rush 7/31/2021 3:34 PM
    In the past seven days I have explored ways to rebalance my plastic consumption, my family has been using reusable bags for groceries, and the waste bins in my house continue to be lined with disposable materials.

  • Gabrielle Rochon's avatar
    Gabrielle Rochon 7/31/2021 9:40 AM
    I joined this challenge because it’s a good way to set goals about plastic use and actually keep track of them. I chose the actions I did because I think they would actually make a difference if I keep doing them after the month ends.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

    Mugdha Chiplunkar's avatar
    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/30/2021 10:54 PM
    Plastic accumulates in the ecosystem through bioaccumulation. This poses a threat to all species in the food chain, especially top predators as they involuntarily consume the highest amounts of accumulated microplastics. In the salish sea ecosystem, I think the orcas as well as humans that eat salmon and trout are at most risk of ingesting plastic.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Say No to "Flushable Wipes"
    Even though they are marketed as "flushable," disposable wipes do not disintegrate in water or the sewer system, and actually release microplastics into our waterways. How does it feel to learn this information? What do you want to do about it?

    Lucas Coma's avatar
    Lucas Coma 7/30/2021 3:34 PM
    I don't like this at all. I will continue to say no to 'flushable" wipes and will tell those that I know that use them that they are dangerous to our waterways and that if we don't stop using them, we will have microplastics in everything we consume!

  • Mugdha Chiplunkar's avatar
    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/27/2021 11:46 PM
    Picking up trash is becoming something of a habit now :) Especially in places like my school campus where there are plenty of garbage bins around, it is very easy to throw away plastic wrappers and masks that I find lying around. A quick tip would be to locate your nearest garbage bin before you start picking up anything!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Jacqueline  Miller's avatar
    Jacqueline Miller 7/27/2021 1:37 PM
    What concerns me most about how we are affecting the planet is that the systems we have in place (namely capitalism) are inherently exploitative of people and the planet. Capitalism is driven by a need for profit and accumulation which take priority over the climate. This is what concerns me most because it is such a fundamental part of our society that I don't think the radical transformation that is needed will take place before it is too late.
  • 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?

    Jacqueline  Miller's avatar
    Jacqueline Miller 7/27/2021 1:26 PM
    I saw that there were a lot of landfills and waste sites located in Georgetown and South Park. This affects BIPOC communities and specifically the Duwamish Tribe, as these sites are near the Duwamish River, contributing to the pollution of it.
  • 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?

    Jacqueline  Miller's avatar
    Jacqueline Miller 7/27/2021 1:22 PM
    i found out that most of my plastic consumption comes from cooking a groceries, which didn't surprise me much. One thing that did surprise me was that even though I use 2/3 the amount of plastic as the average American, I still use more than average Europeans, and 4 times as much as people in India do. I think this goes to show just how much plastic Americans use and how normalized it is.