July 1 - July 31, 2019

Seattle Zero Waste Feed

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  • EMMA HEASLET 7/29/2019 9:23 AM
    One of the things I'm most proud of as a result of this challenge is that I've inspired others in my life to make changes. I am completely ok with being the (anti) trash girl! 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Stacy Strickland 7/24/2019 8:53 PM
    Typically I'm picking up litter where I'm walking, so it becomes very personal... as if people are littering in my own home. I have an enhanced feeling of ownership and pride in where I live... especially when it's free of trash
  • Reflection Question
    Food Lobby for Reusables
    What are some of the cases you could make to an employer for why switching to durable dishes and utensils is actually in their best interest as well?

    EMMA HEASLET 7/23/2019 1:56 PM
    To kick this off, I sent out a survey to my whole team asking about their single-use lunchware. Based on the responses, I will invest in some reusable, washable cutlery for the team so they don't have to bring utensils from home, or so they have an option when they forget their cutlery or want to eat something quick at work without generating trash. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

    Karen Holderman 7/22/2019 6:34 PM
    Well, this isn't about deodorant, but rather other body and household products with clean ingredients, and which can be purchased at my food coop in bulk, rather than my having to purchase yet another plastic bottle of product. I can and now do buy in bulk: dishwashing soap, shampoo, body wash, and lotion.

  • EMMA HEASLET 7/22/2019 4:48 PM
    Yesterday, I made a stop at Lush to do some "zero-waste research." It turns out, they have several "naked" products that come package-free! I'm excited to try their toothpaste tabs, hair products, and facial cleanser disks when I run out of those things at home. I also love that you can bring your containers back to Lush and they will recycle them, AND you get a free mask! Does anyone have thoughts on Lush?

    • Stacy Strickland 7/24/2019 8:54 PM
      I use Bite and love them. LMK if you want a few to try

    • Stacy Strickland 7/24/2019 8:55 PM
      I've used quite a few Lush products and liked them. I dislike the mall tho, so I've found similar products that I can get with minimal or no packaging without a trip to the mall 😉

  • EMMA HEASLET 7/21/2019 11:26 AM
    Today, I was doing research on sustainable nail polish solutions, and stumbled across the website Tabithas Eve. I just purchased a biodegradable loofah, reusable sponges, and handkerchiefs! I am so excited for my haul! 
  • 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?

    EMMA HEASLET 7/19/2019 1:07 PM
    By purchasing all of my fruits and vegetables from the farmers market, I was able to make a salad with zero plastic waste. I even made my own dressing!

    • Stacy Strickland 7/21/2019 9:33 AM
      What type of dressing did you make?

    • EMMA HEASLET 7/21/2019 11:34 AM
      I made this tahini dressing. Not zero waste per se, but I did use ingredients I already had, and I plan to make my own tahini in the future!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Karen Holderman 7/17/2019 8:43 PM
    Did this yesterday as I put out my rubbish and recycling for pick up. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Visit the Butcher
    How has using your own containers impacted the quality of the food you receive? Does this give you more awareness of where your food comes from as opposed to just grabbing a package of mystery origin cheese/meat?

    Karen Holderman 7/17/2019 8:42 PM
    Got some salmon at my favorite local butcher, and saved on the mass of plastic used in pre-packaged fish. 

  • Karen Holderman 7/10/2019 6:36 PM
    It’s challenging to avoid food packaged in plastic, but my housemates and I have been having the conversation and making some small, conscious choices to avoid it when there are choices (e.g. farmers market).