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Mary Parker

Cooper - Minneapolis

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 532 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    26
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    20
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    2
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Mary's Actions

Community

Pick Up Plastic Litter

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Use Plastic-Free Beauty Packaging

I will use beauty products that come in plastic-free packaging, refillable packaging, or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Switch to compostable floss

I will switch to compostable floss in a reusable container.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Choose Plastic-Free Deodorant

I will use deodorant that is a plastic-free bar, in a tin or a jar, or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Purchase Alternative Toothpaste

I will purchase toothpaste powder or toothpaste tabs in plastic-free packaging, or I will make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will avoid 2 plastic bags by not bagging my produce or using reusable produce bags.

COMPLETED 10
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

Avoid Harmful Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polyvinyl, polystyrene and polycarbonate (#3,#6 and #7).

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Switch to compostable floss
    Flossing is a hard habit to maintain for a lot of people! Does making your flossing routine more sustainable give you motivation to keep up this notoriously difficult habit?

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    Mary Parker 2/17/2021 3:24 PM
    daily flossing is not a hard habit to maintain.  while willing to change to a compostable floss, doing so makes no difference to my daily flossing routine.  
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Avoid Harmful Plastics
    Do some research on polystyrene and polyvinyl. How many items in your house already contain these toxins?

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    Mary Parker 2/17/2021 3:22 PM
    yikes! way too many -- cd cases, construction insulation, and the list goes on.
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Mary Parker 2/17/2021 2:49 PM
    i watched a few.  the film minimalist was the most recent.  keep reusing, recycling, repurposing!   
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Use Plastic-Free Beauty Packaging
    With the change in your products and routine, do you feel your appearance has also changed, or do your new products achieve the same outcomes?

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    Mary Parker 2/17/2021 2:46 PM
    new products provide the same outcomes as did my old products.  

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    Mary Parker 2/08/2021 9:04 AM
    am receiving my R & R Cultivation mushroom csa today.  it arrives in reusable, recyclable (i.e., plastic-free) packaging and supports a great local business with fabulous mushrooms.

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    Mary Parker 2/08/2021 9:01 AM
    we don't shop on a daily basis.  there wasn't an option for choosing less frequency; therefore, i space out my responses.

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    Mary Parker 2/08/2021 9:00 AM
    we pick up litter, plastic and non-plastic, on our almost-daily walks.  we don't always find plastic litter, but there's plenty of other forms of litter.

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    Mary Parker 2/08/2021 8:57 AM
    we don't shop every day so are unable to accomplish these as daily activities.  we try to limit shopping to once every 1  1/2 weeks.
  • 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?

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    Mary Parker 2/04/2021 12:10 PM
    i think producers might think storing and shipping produce in plastic packaging prolongs the life of some produce or reduces bruising and/or contamination.  Being able to set a flat price/volume (e.g., bag of oranges) might be factor for producers as well.  I think consumers think their produce is safer from contaminants if sealed in plastic rather than open for people to handle, insects or animals to touch, etc.
  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Use Reusable Bags
    How difficult was this action for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Mary Parker 2/04/2021 12:03 PM
    this was an easy, relatively inexpensive step to take.  our coops, the textile center, and tare market are all close by and offer a variety of products from which to choose.  care of these items is also easy peasy.  they'll last many years.