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Todd Pierson

First Universalist Minneapolis community

"I want to improve my footprint with plastics,"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 429 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    0
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    6
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    6
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    8
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Todd's Actions

Community

Support a Sharing Economy

I will support the sharing economy by joining a community tool or toy library.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Low-Waste Hair Care

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with a bar, refillable option, or I will make my own.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Switch to a Plastic-Free Shave

I will replace my disposable plastic razors with a steel safety razor.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Swap the Snacks

I will swap 2 prepackaged snacks for unpackaged fruits or veggies or homemade or bulk items.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will avoid 3 plastic bags by not bagging my produce or using reusable produce bags.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Pick Up Plastic Litter

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Avoid Harmful Plastics

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Footprint

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Low-Waste Hair Care
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner, refillable bottle options, or making your own?

    Todd Pierson's avatar
    Todd Pierson 2/17/2021 8:03 AM
    I haven't had a chance to shop for shampoo in bulk but intend to the next time I need to replenish my supply.

    • Marie Listopad's avatar
      Marie Listopad 2/17/2021 9:46 AM
      I have purchased the deodorant paste in a glass jar.  I have been given these toothpaste pellets which I plan to try.

      I have used some bar-shaped body wash.  I have found a few items at The Wedge which are high-quality and ecologically packages.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support a Sharing Economy
    What are the benefits of a sharing economy? How has joining a sharing economy change the dynamics you have with the stuff you use and with your friends, family and/or neighbors?

    Todd Pierson's avatar
    Todd Pierson 2/17/2021 8:01 AM
    I actually didn't join a toy or tool collective, but I have been divesting myself of "stuff" I no longer use but still has life. For instance, Beth and I bought a new artificial Christmas tree this year (she is allergic to the pollen that's released from live trees inside) but our 30 year old previous tree still had life. I announced on Next Door that I was giving it away. A young mother with 2 boys at home stopped by and picked it up. It felt good to know that this tree that had provided so much happiness for our family could continue to provide happiness for others.

  • Todd Pierson's avatar
    Todd Pierson 1/31/2021 10:54 AM
    Community: Estimate your plastic footprint
    I did my plastic footprint calculation: 
    Average plastic use, per person, per year
    Global average: ~110 lb / 50 kg
    USA: ~185 lb / 84 kg
    Europe: ~66 lb / 30 kg
    You: 21.5 lb / 9.8 kg

    Of course, an awful lot of estimating in the calculations, and lots of plastic use that isn't included. But it does give me a ballpark. 

  • Todd Pierson's avatar
    Todd Pierson 1/28/2021 8:31 AM
    The challenge is an opportunity to gain new knowledge and internalize behavioral change to make a difference in my plastic footprint. Plastic waste is a national and international problem, but at its core is a personal and local problem. That personal element is why the plastic-free challenge is a good way to make a difference.
      
    The issue is that plastic is a product derived from oil, so it's continued production and use furthers the destructive practices of oil extraction. But perhaps of ultimate concern to me is that most plastic is not recyclable and never breaks down into natural substances--its with us for all practical purposes, forever. 

  • Todd Pierson's avatar
    Todd Pierson 1/23/2021 6:14 AM
    Watched an interesting film yesterday that was listed in the Community category--Watch a Documentary. Entitled, Minimalism, it was actually the story of "less is more," that happiness doesn't necessarily come with the accumulation of more material things. It really only touched on the impact of plastic and fossil fuels. The film actually would be a better companion piece for an exploration of the book The Story of More-How we Got to Climate Change, and Where to Go from Here

    • julie moore's avatar
      julie moore 1/23/2021 12:55 PM
      We watched it, too. Makes you think and really look around your space.

  • Todd Pierson's avatar
    Todd Pierson 1/19/2021 12:25 PM
    I'm going to estimate my plastic footprint through one of the community actions. It would be fun if some of my team members were to do this as well so we can compare notes!