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Kari Simonson

Plastic Reduction Team - Prospect Park

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Pets

Reused Poop Bags

Instead of purchasing plastic dog poop bags, I will use plastic bags that have already been used for something one or two times - old bread bags, old newspaper bags, etc.

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Kids

Kid Water Bottles

I will remind my kids to fill and bring their reusable water bottles with them everywhere - sports, school, travel, etc. - so that they don't get thirsty and end up buying bottled water or using a disposable cup.

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Personal Care

Buy Reusable Bathroom Products

I will replace my [item] with a reusable [item] in the bathroom (disposable cups, makeup wipes and soap dispensers, etc.).

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Food

Multiple Reuses of Plastic Bags

There are some items (e.g. store bought sliced bread) that we can't buy without a plastic bag. However, I will work to reuse every bread bag at least 2 more times. One reuse opportunity will be to reuse the bag to store something that would otherwise go into a new plastic bag, such as opened cheese, uneaten homemade bread, onion halves, etc. If possible, I will reuse the bag multiple times for this type of food storage use. The final (at least second) reuse for the bag will be to pick up after my dog!

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Food

Ditch the Plastic Wrap

I will ditch plastic wrap and use reusable containers, lids or wraps instead.

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Community

Estimate Your Plastic Footprint

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

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    Kari Simonson 2/11/2021 1:25 PM
    These bags are for when our dog poops outside of our yard!  For those poops in the yard (which he really prefers not to do) we use a pooper scooper, and I collect the waste in an old dog food bag. Get it? The food comes in plastic bags, gets converted to poop, and then goes back into the same bag!! I love the symmetry of that system.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Buy Reusable Bathroom Products
    Has your experience using a reusable product changed greatly from when you used a disposable one? What are the benefits of using a reusable product?

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    Kari Simonson 2/11/2021 1:23 PM
    Other than toilet paper (!) we don't really end up with many disposable bathroom products. We recycle the cardboard tube inside the toilet paper roll when it's done. My husband uses a metal safety razor and we use bar soap that's made without plastic micro-beads.  I don't use cosmetics (which tend to contain many plastic micro-beads) and neither does my teenage daughter.

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    Kari Simonson 2/11/2021 1:14 PM
    This challenge has coaxed our family into giving up plastic milk jugs - we now buy cardboard half gallons instead of plastic full gallons. It's a little less convenient, and I'd love to eventually go to glass jugs, but my teenage kids go through a lot of milk (and other food) and frankly, the glass storage containers add so much weight to an already really heavy load of groceries!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Ditch the Plastic Wrap
    Which method did you try? Do you prefer reusable containers or reusable wraps?

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    Kari Simonson 1/24/2021 9:04 AM
    We already rarely use plastic wrap. However, both my kids like to bake cakes, and we've typically put plastic wrap over uneaten cake when storing it on the cake tray (some cakes don't transfer well into Tupperware containers!).

    With the last cake, however, my husband figured out a metal mixing bowl fit perfectly over the leftover cake and worked to protect it better than plastic wrap! I'm not sure if we'll ever really need plastic wrap anymore.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate Your Plastic Footprint
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Kari Simonson 1/17/2021 1:51 PM
    I was surprised at the items selected to be included in the calculator. Many of plastic items that seem really common (like 6 pack beverage holders) were not included as options, whereas odd items (like cotton swabs, which can be purchased on cardboard instead of plastic sticks) were included.