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Becky Wardell Gaertner

Zero Waste Task Force - Sierra Club

"Plastics contain chemicals harmful our health, they contribute to climate change while polluting our air and water. I will work daily to to eliminate plastic from our environment."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 946 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    2.8
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1.4
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    17
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning

Becky's Actions

Community

Social Media Daily.

I will daily post on social media plastic-free ideas

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plastic in Food

I will research and write a blog about plastic in the food we eat. Make an effort to eliminate plastic in the food my family eats.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook Meals with Zero Plastic Waste

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Recycle Brita

I will send in a box of Brita filters to be recycled.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Pick Up Plastic Litter

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of plastic litter each day and dispose of it responsibly.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Call manufactures that use plastic that can't be recycled.

Lots of products come in #7 plastic. Often there is not an alternate way to purchase. Bob's Red Mill is a good example

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Homemade tortillas

The tortillas I eat come in plastic bags that are not recyclable

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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

At Home

Swap Sponges for Longer Lasting Reusable Options

I will ditch the sponge and use a reusable or compostable option such as a brush, scrubber or dishrag instead.

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

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  • Becky Wardell Gaertner's avatar
    Becky Wardell Gaertner 2/28/2022 2:08 PM
    I have emailed Bob's Red Mill, Field Roast and Morningstar Farms asking them to transition to packaging that can be recycled. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook Meals with Zero Plastic Waste
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some low-waste or reusable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable? Are there any items where it would be difficult to avoid plastic waste?

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 2/16/2022 11:18 AM
    Reflection question: It is impossible to buy meat or protein patties without plastic. I make these pumpkin seed patties with bulk ingredients from the Wedge. I ride the bus there to do my shopping! It's a win-win.

    • Karen Lunde's avatar
      Karen Lunde 2/21/2022 11:56 PM
      Hi Becky, Would you like to share your recipe for pumpkin seed patties? There's more than pumpkin seeds in there!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Pick Up Plastic Litter
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Becky Wardell Gaertner's avatar
    Becky Wardell Gaertner 2/12/2022 6:28 PM
    It makes me happy to have clean streets and to keep plastic from going into our lakes and streams.

    • Karen Lunde's avatar
      Karen Lunde 2/23/2022 7:16 AM
      Picking up trash connects me more to my community because I have to find somebody's trash can to throw it into, since there aren't any public trashcans near me!

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 2/05/2022 5:56 PM
    For dinner I made roasted vegetables and homemade black bean burgers.

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    Becky Wardell Gaertner 2/02/2022 5:46 PM
    Yogurt in a glass container!