July 1 - July 31, 2020

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  • Sarah Anderson 7/14/2020 2:53 PM
    I watched the "Story of Plastic" documentary today.  The images of all the plastic trash on the land and in rivers and oceans was disheartening.  My household recycles plastic items that is taken away by the waste management company.  Now I wonder if anything good is actually happening with it.  So, I need to reduce my plastic purchases.

  • Kathy Russell 7/14/2020 4:15 AM
    I find that breakfast is the easier meal to make that is plastic free. I you purchase bread from a bakery have them put it in a paper bag, buy eggs in a carton, and use spray butter to cook your eggs you are all set. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets DIY Cat Litter
    Other species can teach us important lessons about ourselves and life in general. What has your cat taught you?

    Juliana Cantillo 7/13/2020 9:40 PM
    To get more sleep and do more stretching 😻 

  • Victoria Lorenzo 7/13/2020 7:08 PM
    I find it very helpful to limit myself to go to the store about twice per month with a list of everything I need. I also try not to go to convenience stores unless I absolutely need something. This reduces a lot how much unnecessary items I buy. If there is something I want, but don't need, I have to wait till I go to a store, which sometimes is enough to discourage me from buying it at all. 

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  • Sarah Anderson 7/13/2020 10:42 AM
    I researched how to make homemade peanut butter and homemade dog biscuits.  It appears to be very easy!  Now I just need to get the basic ingredients I don't already have and make them.  What is even better, the homemade peanut butter will be used in the dog biscuits too!

  • Barbara Elliott 7/13/2020 10:24 AM
    Since I grew up on a farm and we grew our own food, I learned early the importance of fresh vegetable and fruits. When I see so many things now wrapped in plastic, I want to go back to my farm days and buy produce in its natural state and not wrapped in plastic. This challenge is a great daily reminder. 

  • Amanda Waddle 7/13/2020 6:53 AM
    Just a reminder that I've set up a screening of The Story of Plastic. You can click on this link and watch it at home. This link expired early on July 15th so you only have 2 more days left to watch it. I hope you can fit it in your schedule. It's an amazingly well produced film on a horrific topic - the plastic crisis. 

    • Haley Wilson 7/14/2020 12:46 PM
      This was such a tough but necessary watch. I'm really looking forward to the discussion tomorrow. Thank you so much for setting that up, Amanda!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Swap the Snacks
    How does swapping out prepackaged snacks for fresh fruit or veggies benefit your family?

    Mike Shirley 7/13/2020 5:55 AM
    I really enjoy all the great information everyone post here, I learn from reading these post. This gives us ideas on what we can do to make the world a better place. My wife is now going to use plastic free shampoo & conditioner as well. I've used bar soap for years and now she will do the same.... :) Thanks!!!! Boy, we're digging the fresh fruit, and knowing every time we eat fresh fruit stops prepackaged food from being bought, feels good........
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Back in the Bowl
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

    Juliana Cantillo 7/12/2020 6:58 PM
    It's difficult for people to understand the impact of their everyday waste because most don't live near landfills or highly polluted areas. Being in the US, we don't see our trash accumulating on the other side of the planet, creating hazardous conditions for other humans and animals. Nonetheless our waste is still our responsibility. We need to vocally refuse single-use items and help educate our peers in order to achieve long-lasting cultural change.