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Sheila Prior

Plymouth Area Indivisible

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 741 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    8
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    16
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    4
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    pounds
    waste avoided
  • up to
    7
    pounds
    waste recycled

Sheila's Actions

At Home

Recycle Plastic Bags

Instead of trashing them, I will recycle 2 plastic bags by bringing them to a drop-off.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Clean Up Pet Hair with Reusables

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will avoid 1 plastic bags by not bagging my produce or using reusable produce bags.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Switch to compostable floss

I will switch to compostable floss in a reusable container.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Have Waste-Free Periods

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads instead of a disposable option.

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

Personal Care

Replace My Toothbrush

I will replace 4 of my household's plastic toothbrushes with recycled plastic, wood or bamboo toothbrushes.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Sheila Prior 2/18/2021 1:11 PM
    The challenge went well. I have adopted some new habits that I would not have adopted if the challenge hadn't motivated me make some switches. However, while I feel like every little bit helps, I am also aware of how much I cannot control regarding plastic use. I wonder if Hennepin county would consider the role of a robust composting program for promoting the use of compostable plastics in situations where plastic is really useful. For example, it's very difficult to conceive of an efficient and sanitary replacement for dog waste bags or raw meat packaging. If there was an easy way to compost plant-based, biodegradable plastic, it would allow companies and consumers to make a permanent switch to plant-based plastic without worrying about the effects this plant-based plastic would have in a landfill where it would create methane as it decomposes. I applaud the county for promoting composting at home; I have two bins, but they don't work well for plant-based plastic. I also know the county is requiring trash companies to offer composting to their customers by 2022. Again, I applaud that. But I hope eventually the county will consider offering composting the same way they offer recycling, and someday require local companies to use plant-based plastic when possible. I appreciate how environmentally conscious Hennepin County leadership has been. Please keep it up and continue to work toward a more equitable and sustainable future! Thank you!

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    Sheila Prior 2/02/2021 9:32 AM
    Have you ever experienced unnecessary packaging or plastic use at a grocery store, restaurant, etc? A local Plymouth resident, Rachel Kemp, just made a free app that she shared with our Plymouth Mom's facebook group. It helps you send emails to businesses when you'd like to ask them to adopt more environmentally friendly practices. I haven't used it yet, but I've downloaded it and will give it a try. I wanted to share it here in case others are interested. https://remark.eco/

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    Sheila Prior 1/30/2021 11:56 AM
    I was disappointed to discover that the liquid-free laundry detergent sheets I bought  (that came in a box), used a plastic container to hold the sheets inside the box! Sometimes you just can't win. But I'll keep trying!
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Clean Up Pet Hair with Reusables
    What reusable options have you started using to clean up pet hair?

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    Sheila Prior 1/27/2021 6:41 PM
    I use a reusable lint brush. It's actually better than the rolls of sticky tape I used to use. It has a base that cleans the brush and collects the hair in the bottom. Much more convenient and works just as well.

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      Sheila Prior 1/28/2021 12:43 PM
      Todd, the one I have is by a company called Ovbrn, but it looks like it's out of stock. I found another one by a company called Brellavi that looks almost identical and gets great reviews:

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      Todd Pierson 1/28/2021 8:51 AM
      Boy, I'd love to have one of these. Where did you get it? Does it have a product name so that, dare I say, I can look it up on Amazon?

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    Sheila Prior 1/25/2021 10:48 AM
    Today I bought bamboo toothbrushes for the whole family. It was difficult finding ones without nylon bristles.

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    Sheila Prior 1/21/2021 11:32 AM
    Today I used my Ovbrn brush for pet hair and it was SOOOO much better than using disposable lint rollers. It has a self-cleaning base, so it collects the pet hair, which I can then put into my compost bin. Making new habits can be a challenge, but in this case it was actually easier to use the reusable brush and it was a huge improvement!