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Join us in reducing plastic consumption, especially single-use plastics, in ways that fit best in your lifestyle and are most impactful to reducing your footprint.
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Although plastic is a versatile material with many uses, it is also concerning because it presents health risks, contributes to litter and pollution, and is challenging to dispose of. Some of the most common and problematic plastic items we deal with every day come in the form of packaging and single-use plastics. Since these items are used for a short period of time and then discarded, they contribute significantly to the increasing amount of plastic waste.

Kicking off the New Year with the Plastic-Free Challenge is a great way to adopt new habits that will help you set and keep resolutions to lower your impact on the environment.

Remember that developing low-waste habits is a gradual process. Start by browsing the actions within each category, and select actions that make sense for you and your family. In this challenge, you can select up to five daily actions and five one-time actions.
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  • March 3 at 7:52 PM
    I learned that just because it's "recyclable" doesn't mean it's going to always end up where you think it might. It also just made me realize how many things are plastic. It's really hard to avoid when lots of food comes packaged that way. 
  • February 21 at 3:01 PM
    Pretty good! We kept the plastic that we did produce over the challenged to see how we could cut back more. Some of these plastics were things that we had bought before, but finished during the challenge. Some too, we've started buying in bulk, like choco chips and brown sugar. Lots of dog treat bags, tortilla chip bags, and random plastic bags...
  • February 18 at 1:11 PM
    The challenge went well. I have adopted some new habits that I would not have adopted if the challenge hadn't motivated me make some switches. However, while I feel like every little bit helps, I am also aware of how much I cannot control regarding plastic use. I wonder if Hennepin county would consider the role of a robust composting program...