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Judy Dahlgren Hogan

St. Peder's Earth Stewards

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 771 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2.5
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    18
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    5.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5.0
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    36
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    pounds
    waste avoided
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning

Judy's Actions

Pets

Clean Up Pet Hair with Reusables

I will use a reusable lint brush or vacuum to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets, and furniture.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Community

Pick Up Plastic Litter

I will pick up 2 piece(s) of plastic litter each day and dispose of it responsibly.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Assemble a Zero Waste Kit

I will assemble an eating-out bag with cloth napkins and reusable utensils, containers, and cups and use it to avoid disposable to-go containers and cutlery for 1 meals each day.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Ditch Disposable Decorations

I will avoid using disposable decorations, such as balloons and plastic table coverings, for special occasions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Footprint

I will complete a plastic consumption calculator to learn about my plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will avoid 3 plastic bags each time I go shopping by not bagging my produce or using reusable produce bags.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about plastic waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Plan a Garden

I will plan an herb or vegetable garden for next year at my home, workplace, or community garden.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Skip the Dryer Sheets

I will replace dryer sheets with a reusable alternative or use nothing at all.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    At Home Skip the Dryer Sheets
    How difficult (or easy!) has it been for you to cut dryer sheets from your laundry routine?

    Judy Dahlgren Hogan's avatar
    Judy Dahlgren Hogan 2/10/2022 1:00 PM
    It has been easy for me to decrease and now eliminate drier sheets from my laundry routine.  I started by tearing each sheet in half.  Half the sheet seemed to do as good a job as a while sheet.  Now I've purchased the wool drier balls.  I do have over a box of drier sheets left (had purchased at Costco).  I guess I'll use the remainder of the box I have for those things where the wool balls are not recommended and donate the full box.  Better to make use of them before tossing than to toss something with utility value.  Still the same amount of plastic waste.

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    Judy Dahlgren Hogan 2/08/2022 11:46 AM
    Today was the first day that I've been to the grocery store since the challenge started.  It really felt good to be making choices - even beyond the produce section - that reduced the amount of plastic I took home.  While I admit I did buy a few things that only came in plastic, when there was a choice I opted for the recyclable plastic.

  • Judy Dahlgren Hogan's avatar
    Judy Dahlgren Hogan 2/06/2022 5:03 PM
    Hi Team!
    Thanks for all the actions you are taking.  Just a gentle reminder to check-in to the challenge on a fairly regular basis.  I did learn today that I could go back and mark actions I took earlier in the week.  Yes, I missed a few days of checking in too!
    The more we check in our actions the more impact we'll see from the team.  Right now we've jointly saves up to 15 lbs of co2, spent 285 minutes learning, picked up 27 pieces of litter and avoided 17 lbs of plastic.   Keep up the good work!
    Judy

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    Judy Dahlgren Hogan 2/04/2022 2:54 PM
    Here is another company to consider for your plastic-neutral needs.  I've know of them for about 10 years now, but finally just ordered some items today.  I had been thinking that their prices might be high, but they seem really reasonable.
    https://www.grove.co/

  • Judy Dahlgren Hogan's avatar
    Judy Dahlgren Hogan 2/04/2022 11:33 AM
    I'm learning about national recycling programs that are available through Terracycle.  Had no idea that some of these programs existed.  So happy to hear that at least some companies are taking steps to address the waste they create through their packaging.  One that struck me was the Britta program.  Might be an opportunity for us to work together to keep some filters out of the waste stream.  Do you use a Britta filter?


    https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these products have so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

    Judy Dahlgren Hogan's avatar
    Judy Dahlgren Hogan 2/01/2022 8:23 AM
    Why do so many products have so much plastic packaging?  That is a complicated question - kind of like which comes first, the chicken or the egg?  As I see it, consumers have demanded pretty packages, products without any type of blemish, and/or information about producer/use.  So, companies have responded by adding packaging - a mold to hold the product perfectly still inside the package window, a pretty logo/use instructions for commodities, that plastic bag that keeps the new appliance from getting any scratches within the box.  And it is a cheep add.  So they do it.  Perhaps if companies had to deal with the left over packaging - or account for the cost of plastic waste, there would be less of it.  What are your thoughts?

    • Eric Luedtke's avatar
      Eric Luedtke 2/08/2022 1:21 PM
      Maybe this is urban legend, but I recall in the 1970's one of the reasons that aluminum soda cans had a "recycle steel" or "don't litter" logo on them was that without that subtle message the company that produced the item could be fined for any litter found roadside ... so it was a way to get corporations to take small responsibility for a huge waste problem they created with non-returnable packaging (gone are the days of the returnable Coke bottle).

      Of course now to suggest such a thing would be considered "government over-reach" but it certainly would be interesting to consider ways corporations could take responsibility for the waste they create.  

    • Kristi  Erickson 's avatar
      Kristi Erickson 2/04/2022 1:50 PM
      There are conferences for graphic designers/package designers where they are encouraging designers to move away from plastic and so much packaging.  A person I know who attended such a conference said her company, one of higher end products, was not interested in reducing packaging.  Maybe they are not thinking big picture, ie, the waste. I think less packaging would be economical by reducing the cost of the product at least a little.  Wonder if they would reconsider if more of us made packaging a criteria for our purchases.  Although I’m doubtful high end companies may not care as much.

    • Andrea Wollak's avatar
      Andrea Wollak 2/03/2022 6:10 PM
      I will buy things with less packaging or go to the meat/fish counter to get my meat in paper instead of Styrofoam and plastic wrap.  

  • Judy Dahlgren Hogan's avatar
    Judy Dahlgren Hogan 1/29/2022 1:32 PM
    Welcome to everyone who has joined our team!  Check out the St. Peder's Facebook page for more information and updates.  Remember, your family members can join too!