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Jean Hentges

Plastic Times Call for Plastic (Free) Measures

"My mission is to continue to reduce my plastic use to as low as I can possibly get it."

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Participant Impact

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    pounds of CO2
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  • up to
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    minutes
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    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    1
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill

Jean's Actions

Food

Swap the Snacks

I will swap 1 prepackaged snacks for unpackaged fruits or veggies or homemade or bulk items.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Footprint

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

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One-Time Action

Kids

Switch to Reusable Squeeze Pouches

I will prep and pack healthy pureed snacks in reusable squeeze pouches instead of buying disposable plastic pouches.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Switch to compostable floss

I will switch to compostable floss in a reusable container.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Make Your Own

I will try 1 new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s), such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

At Home

Shop Used

I will buy secondhand goods to reduce the demand for new plastic products and avoid packaging.

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DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Plan a Garden

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

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One-Time Action

At Home

Make Green Cleaners

I will make  1 of my own cleaning products (cleaners, detergents, soaps) instead of buying them in new spray bottles each time.

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One-Time Action

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  • Jean Hentges's avatar
    Jean Hentges 2/09/2021 9:15 AM
    I watched Frontline's "Plastic Challenge" last night.  Wow!  And this morning I thought of something else that was not mentioned in the show;  we have also been taught to believe that plastic encasement = sanitary.  When my children were young, we would buy diapers in boxes and the diapers were just in the box.  Now with my grandchildren, the diapers are encased in plastic inside the box.  But is that really necessary?  Aren't the diapers manufactured under the same conditions?

    • Jessie Roelofs's avatar
      Jessie Roelofs 2/10/2021 12:49 PM
      That's a fascinating observation, Jean! Something we see a lot with medical/dental equipment too ...
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Make Green Cleaners
    Which household cleaners did you try making? Have you been able to simplify your cleaning routine?

    Jean Hentges's avatar
    Jean Hentges 2/06/2021 7:39 AM
    All purpose spray cleaner--easy, peasy.

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      Jean Hentges 2/09/2021 10:35 AM
      I used the link under "Learn More" on that action.  Just 1/4 cup vinegar and water to fill a 16 oz. spray bottle (and I just reuse a spray bottle from when I bought an all purpose spray) and then 1 & 1/2 tsp. non-antibacterial dish soap (I like the Ecos brand).  Although I just give it a squirt of soap.

    • Jessie Roelofs's avatar
      Jessie Roelofs 2/06/2021 2:51 PM
      Nice! What recipes did you use?


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    Jean Hentges 1/28/2021 1:30 PM
    Read about dental floss and its negative impacts on the environment.  Had never looked at this before so am now researching alternatives.
  • Reflection Question
    Kids Switch to Reusable Squeeze Pouches
    Have you created or discovered any new or interesting pureed snacks that you wouldnt be able to get in premade disposable pouches? What are they?

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    Jean Hentges 1/24/2021 12:46 PM
    I have added protein powders which is great as one of my grandkids in particular lacks that in his diet.