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  • Reflection Question
    At Home Recycle Plastic Bags
    Has separating your plastic bags for recycling helped you identify how you might reduce how many you have? What are you doing differently now?

    Anna Paulson's avatar
    Anna Paulson 2/17/2021 6:14 PM
    I sorted out all of my different types of plastic bags and took the ones that were recyclable (store only) to a Target drop off bin. I’m having more trouble with bubble mailers and have been reading about how best to recycle these (and cut down on using them at all!)
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Recycle Plastic Bags
    Has separating your plastic bags for recycling helped you identify how you might reduce how many you have? What are you doing differently now?

    Connie Langheinrich's avatar
    Connie Langheinrich 2/17/2021 11:26 AM
    I take my reusable shopping bags to grocery store & also some plastic bags to use again for produce. Also have a mesh bag for produce  
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Carolyn Wieland's avatar
    Carolyn Wieland 2/16/2021 7:52 PM
    We watched Out of Plastic tonight. It was a really sobering reminder of the global impact all of our negative actions are making. Seeing the microplastics in the ocean was an eye opener. As that finds its way into fish and other ocean animals, some it eventually finds its way into our bodies too. Scary to think about!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate Your Plastic Footprint
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

    Josh Wieland's avatar
    Josh Wieland 2/16/2021 6:39 PM
    I was surprised at the volume of food wrappers involved in my daily life.
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Josh Wieland's avatar
    Josh Wieland 2/16/2021 6:26 PM
    To see the volume of trash washing up on beaches was eye opening. It makes me want to use less plastic.

  • Carolyn Wieland's avatar
    Carolyn Wieland 2/14/2021 6:44 PM
    Well team, we are down to our last week of the challenge! How quickly time has passed! If you're like me, you still have a few one-time actions you might want to complete in the next day or so. Let's finish strong and try to accomplish all we set out to do! We're almost there, and the team has done so well!

  • Carolyn Wieland's avatar
    Carolyn Wieland 2/09/2021 2:08 PM
    Some of you selected 'plan a garden' as one of your challenges. About this time last year I got the idea to plant a backyard garden in an effort to teach our kids about food, and to reduce some of the produce we were purchasing from the store. It was overwhelming at first trying to plot it all out and sow
    plants from seeds, but we did it! What questions do you have about starting your own garden?
  • 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?

    Amy McGarness's avatar
    Amy McGarness 2/08/2021 8:19 AM
    I've really been wanting to buy some cherry tomatoes but they only seem to come in plastic clamshells. I have not been able to find them loose, like other tomatoes. Finally, a partial success! Trader Joes carries cherry tomatoes in a paperboard container with a plastic film cover. I will call that a win, for now! I need to let them know I appreciate the paperboard container . . . 

  • Carolyn Wieland's avatar
    Carolyn Wieland 2/06/2021 7:33 PM
    Team - You all are doing awesome with this challenge! Almost everyone has checked in at least 1 time, and we have 10 team members in the top 100 participants! Nice work!

    To date:
    We have made 143 zero-waste meals!
    We have saved 20 pounds of packaging waste from being disposed!
    We have picked up 25 pieces of litter!
    We have recycled 41 pounds of waste!

    We are halfway through this challenge and have made so much progress so far. Let's continue learning and working on ways to reduce waste in our lives!

  • Connie Langheinrich's avatar
    Connie Langheinrich 2/05/2021 2:53 PM
    Use my old plastic bags to line trash can. Take my reusable bags for groceries.