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  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Since the restrictions that COVID-19 has required of our society, trying to use your own cup might present new barriers, as well as new opportunities for creative problem solving. How were you able to achieve success on this action? How can you make it a long-term habit?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:20 AM
    I make my own coffee at home and bring it with me to work in my own travel mug. My coffee place allows me to bring my own cup and I have one that I use when I happen to stop by. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:18 AM
    Even now it's very difficult. I don't always remember my reusable produce bags. It's easier to just reach for the plastic ones they keep in the stores. I am trying to remember. Baby steps. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusables at Work
    It is often true that we only have control over our own actions and not the collective community. How can you lead by example when it comes to switching disposables for reusable dishes in your community?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:17 AM
    My co-worker and I always use reusable bowls, silverware, and plates at work and have for years. It has caught on some and we have noticed other co-workers have started doing the same. It saves money and since we have sinks, we all take turns buying dish soap and sometimes we even wash each others dishes when we are crunched for time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:15 AM
    We bought reusable plastic bags and those work great for stuff that we would normally use baggies for. And we always use plastic boxes for our reusable food options. I haven't bought plastic wrap in years. But I do use my fair share of baggies. 
  • 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.

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:14 AM
    I have noticed that some restaurants now supply paper straws instead of plastic. I would prefer to see this everywhere. Paper works just fine. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets All Natural Pet Toys
    In what ways is supplying your pet with all natural pet toys better for your pet, better for you, and better for the environment?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:13 AM
    I take old t-shirts and cut them up into scraps and braid them into tug of war toys. My dogs love to wrestle in the living room with them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Homemade Pet Treats
    How could you reduce your waste even further (i.e. by making pet treats out of kitchen scraps or about-to-go-bad produce)?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:12 AM
    My pets loves getting scraps, so a lot of times, when I am cutting up produce that I know is safe for my dogs, I will keep the ones that are maybe too squishy or too ripe, or not quite bad but almost and either give it to them, or turn into a yummy cookie for them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Toiletries
    What is the benefit of using bar soaps or refilling your travel sized containers? Is this an action you think you will keep in your life?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:11 AM
    I have reusable bottles that I have been refilling everytime we go on vacation. I never realized it as part of keeping plastic out of landfills, but as a way to save money. We have big bottles of our stuff at home, why throw away and buy new mini bottles, when we can refill the ones we have. 

  • Melody Byrum's avatar
    Melody Byrum 7/07/2021 2:32 PM
    Hey team!!! Keep up the good work. We can do this one tiny piece of plastic at a time. 

  • Natasha D Silva's avatar
    Natasha D Silva 7/05/2021 12:15 AM
    started using  a metal sieve

    • Melody Byrum's avatar
      Melody Byrum 7/07/2021 2:38 PM
      that's awesome. I prefer metal, although right now it's holding my fresh veggies from my garden, so I am using my plastic ones, but since they are reusable and I plan to use them until they disintegrate, I think it will be okay. How is everything going otherwise? Have you made great strides, or small baby steps? Every small baby step counts.