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  • maggie bach's avatar
    maggie bach 8/02/2021 8:36 AM
    could not update any of my daily things, but i did learn a lot from this

  • Linda Kram's avatar
    Linda Kram 7/30/2021 5:42 PM
    It was great. I am more aware. Today I went to the store with my son and he was going to get plastic bags but I talked him into paper.

  • maggie bach's avatar
    maggie bach 7/30/2021 2:57 PM
    hard weekend coming to our family

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    maggie bach 7/30/2021 2:56 PM
    good friday to pick up trash

  • Lauren Bruhl's avatar
    Lauren Bruhl 7/30/2021 12:53 PM
    I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of the challenge! July has flown by. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

    Lauren Bruhl's avatar
    Lauren Bruhl 7/30/2021 12:49 PM
    I would explain to them that the extraction, production, and disposal aspect of single use plastics is extremely harmful. We use so many plastics that there's a patch of plastics in the ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - it's twice the size of Texas! 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Just Say No
    Do some research on polystyrene and polyvinyl. How many items in your house already contain these toxins?

    Allyson Didier's avatar
    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 12:23 PM
    Quite a few! From our house siding, window frames, and most of our flooring, to cords on electronics, some of our shoes and bank cards, there's a lot of polyvinyl in our house. And polystyrene, too, like in our attic insulation, smoke detectors, and some CD cases.
  • 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)?

    Allyson Didier's avatar
    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 12:02 PM
    If it's something they can have, I already give kitchen scraps to my pets as snacks. We could look into growing more in our backyard for them, like maybe specialty hay or something.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Homemade Pet Food
    Does making your own pet food seem like a habit you can keep up in the long term? What else can you do to reduce your use of plastic packaging that can come from taking care of your pet's needs?

    Allyson Didier's avatar
    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 11:54 AM
    Our pets are herbivores, so it's been pretty easy to make their food and I imagine it'll be easy to keep up with. I want to look into making them toys, which would reduce the plastic from toy packaging, etc.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care See the Green
    Take a moment to estimate how many disposable daily contacts you may have used over the years. What would be your impact now of switching to a contact brand with a longer lifespan?

    Allyson Didier's avatar
    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 11:49 AM
    I've probably used a few hundred, maybe a thousand, daily disposable contacts over the years. Since I don't wear contacts every day, I'm not sure how much of an impact switching to a brand with a longer lifespan would make.