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Becky Wardell Gaertner

health4earth

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  • 300 Total

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    90
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Becky's Actions

At Home

refill containers

Reusing the containers I have

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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Choose Natural Clothing Fibers

I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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One-Time Action

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Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about plastic waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

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Avoid Harmful Plastics

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

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  • Becky Wardell Gaertner's avatar
    Becky Wardell Gaertner 2/16/2021 7:21 AM
    Can you join me and take action demanding President Biden act on plastics? Click here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/president-biden-be-a-plasticfreepresident?source=email&

    Thanks!
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 2/15/2021 7:25 AM
    I watched the excellent Frontline documentary. We must do a better job holding the plastics industry and business responsible for the products they are producing.
  • 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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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 2/13/2021 9:43 AM
    During this plastic challenge I have researched #7 plastic packaging. Bobs Red Mill, Morning Star, Wyman’s blueberries, and Gardien are products in plastic. They are #7 plastic, and none of them can be recycled. I have contacted these companies complaining that our Hennepin County landfills are full and companies must be responsible for the bad packaging they are using. Most of them have responded that packaging is a freshness issue and a few admit it is a price issue. A few of them admit they are looking for better packaging but at our house we will not purchase their products use recyclable plastic. 

    I have found alternatives. Quorn packaging is recyclable and we have never had a freshness issue with their products. When you paying attention to the recycle symbol you can find frozen products in #4 plastic that can be bag recycled at Cub and Kowalskis. I am embarrassed not to have discovered this sooner!


    • Jessie Roelofs's avatar
      Jessie Roelofs 2/13/2021 10:13 AM
      Fascinating. I love that you connected with the companies and got a response (even if it's not what we want to hear). Maybe if they hear from enough of us ...