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Valerie Valt

Cooper - Minneapolis

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 266 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    15
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    6
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    3
    pounds
    waste avoided
  • up to
    4
    pounds
    waste recycled

Valerie'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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or at work.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Replace My Toothbrush

I will replace 2 of my household's plastic toothbrushes with recycled plastic, wood or bamboo toothbrushes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Ditch the Plastic Wrap

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Skip Single-Use Plastic for Freezing Food

I will use reusable containers when freezing food and opt for glass or metal when purchasing new containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Shop the Bulk Bins

I will purchase 5 products from the bulk section of a grocery store using my own containers.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Recycle Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Recycle Plastic Caps

I will recycle 1 plastic caps by placing them back on the (plastic) bottles before placing them in my recycling bin.

COMPLETED 2
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

Shop Used

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Ditch the Plastic Wrap
    Which method did you try? Do you prefer reusable containers or reusable wraps?

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    Valerie Valt 1/24/2021 4:16 PM
    I do have a habit of plastic wrap (yuck!).  If I use half an avocado, onion, cheese, etc, I wrap in plastic.  I just got some beeswax wraps as a gift.  I really don't like them, although they work for some non-messy wrap situations.  So I am trying to stick items in containers instead of using plastic wrap.  This will hopefully prevent things from drying out or making a mess in the fridge.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Shop the Bulk Bins
    How has buying bulk impacted the quality of the food you receive? Why do you think our society relies more on prepackaged foods rather than buying in bulk?

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    Valerie Valt 1/24/2021 4:10 PM
    In this time of COVID19 I have been shopping at a store that is not as busy as the Co-op but doesn't have a good bulk section.  Back to the Co-op I went.  The quality is good, but it does have a little more risk. I washed my hands at the sink there after I touched all the scoops.  In this situation I felt shopping bulk was for the privileged, those who can pay the Co-op prices, who can risk going into a busy store and who have the extra time it takes to weigh containers and write it all up.  But since I have that privilege, it is important that I take these steps.  
  • Reflection Question
    Community Pick Up Plastic Litter
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Valerie Valt 1/24/2021 4:05 PM
    People frequently eat fast food in their car in front of our house and then dump their garbage in the street.  It is sad and angering on many levels.  But I try to have compassion for others and clean up their mess as a contribution to our community and to prevent it from going into the river.

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    Valerie Valt 1/24/2021 4:02 PM
    I watched the Frontline/NPR documentary "Plastic Wars."  I know there is a big problem with "recycling" because we don't have good systems for actually turning used plastic into new items.  However, I was not aware that it was the petrochemical industry that pushed recycling at the time that people were getting really concerned with the impact of so much single use plastic and recycling kind of placated people.  It seems like we are at that point again, people gaining awareness of the negative impact of plastic on our health and environment and guess which companies are coming around again pushing sorting and recycling?!  

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      Allison Wolf 1/26/2021 2:05 PM
      Thanks!  Will check out this documentary. So important for folks to realize that most of their plastic recycling is "wish-cycling" since few markets exist for the discarded plastic containers and other stuff.  The recycling system, complete with illegible recycling symbols, is a win for the plastics industry, but a loss for the planet, at least for the moment. 

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    Valerie Valt 1/18/2021 12:29 PM
    So I signed up to watch a documentary - does anyone have any recommendations?


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    Valerie Valt 1/17/2021 1:27 PM
    During the pandemic I have been shopping at the local supermarket that has few bulk options.  I am saving some glass jars to get ready to stock up at the co-ops.