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  • Reflection Question
    Community Pick Up Plastic Litter
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Marie Listopad's avatar
    Marie Listopad 2/17/2021 9:39 AM
    I could have picked up more except for the snow and not going out much.  I'll do more in the spring.
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Extend the Life of Electronics
    What maintenance steps do you take to keep your electronics in good working order?

    Cheryl Ritenbaugh's avatar
    Cheryl Ritenbaugh 2/17/2021 8:18 AM
    I never buy new just for the reason that it's new.  I use all of my electronics until they die (you can tell that by looking at our television!)
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Low-Waste Hair Care
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner, refillable bottle options, or making your own?

    Todd Pierson's avatar
    Todd Pierson 2/17/2021 8:03 AM
    I haven't had a chance to shop for shampoo in bulk but intend to the next time I need to replenish my supply.

    • Marie Listopad's avatar
      Marie Listopad 2/17/2021 9:46 AM
      I have purchased the deodorant paste in a glass jar.  I have been given these toothpaste pellets which I plan to try.

      I have used some bar-shaped body wash.  I have found a few items at The Wedge which are high-quality and ecologically packages.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support a Sharing Economy
    What are the benefits of a sharing economy? How has joining a sharing economy change the dynamics you have with the stuff you use and with your friends, family and/or neighbors?

    Todd Pierson's avatar
    Todd Pierson 2/17/2021 8:01 AM
    I actually didn't join a toy or tool collective, but I have been divesting myself of "stuff" I no longer use but still has life. For instance, Beth and I bought a new artificial Christmas tree this year (she is allergic to the pollen that's released from live trees inside) but our 30 year old previous tree still had life. I announced on Next Door that I was giving it away. A young mother with 2 boys at home stopped by and picked it up. It felt good to know that this tree that had provided so much happiness for our family could continue to provide happiness for others.
  • 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?

    Betsy Allis's avatar
    Betsy Allis 2/16/2021 3:48 PM
    Found the plastic calculator frustrating to use.  Questions about weekly, daily use is just not relevant.  I reuse everything and have made a big effort to eliminate plastic where  possible. 

    • Cheryl Ritenbaugh's avatar
      Cheryl Ritenbaugh 2/17/2021 9:27 AM
      I second that comment. The time frames are not helpful.  And like you I have already made so many of the changes, and one doesn't get points for things already done.  Darn!
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Plan a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Cheryl Ritenbaugh's avatar
    Cheryl Ritenbaugh 2/13/2021 10:16 AM
    I need to overcome my belief that I have a brown thumb, and find ways to grow things in a shady yard (that tends to confirm my brown thumb status.)  We'll see if it can happen, or just reinforce my bts (brown thumb status.)  The dilemma is that it would take cutting limbs off old trees to have sun:  which would help the climate more -- veg garden or intact trees?

    • Cheryl Ritenbaugh's avatar
      Cheryl Ritenbaugh 2/13/2021 3:47 PM
      < 4 hours/day for sure, and the gap that the sun comes through shifts during the summer.  Maybe pots on a rolling cart that could be moved?  Hmmm

    • Jessie Roelofs's avatar
      Jessie Roelofs 2/13/2021 2:26 PM
      Are there any sunny spots where potted herbs or veggies might be happy?
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Roberta  Haskin's avatar
    Roberta Haskin 2/11/2021 8:09 AM
    Plastic Waste taught me about research that is ongoing to reduce plastic waste
  • 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?

    Cheryl Ritenbaugh's avatar
    Cheryl Ritenbaugh 2/09/2021 12:32 PM
    I don't know how to decrease the amount of plastic that bags everyday grocery items: bread, tortillas, toilet paper, paper towel (I use very little!).  It all ends up in my plastic bag recycling, but it would be better to not have it at all.

    • Jessie Roelofs's avatar
      Jessie Roelofs 2/10/2021 12:52 PM
      Something that's worked for us is making our own bread and tortillas or buying from local bakers who use paper packaging, but that's obviously not an option for everyone. I'm also hoping to try "Who Gives A Crap" toilet paper soon as they come in paper packaging and are made of recycled paper. There's no perfect solution for any of this, of course - we live in a very plastic-centric world!
  • 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?

    Cheryl Ritenbaugh's avatar
    Cheryl Ritenbaugh 2/09/2021 12:29 PM
    The choices for nuts are boring, but I stick to the bulk nuts out of stubbornness.  It is a much better way to buy sugar and granola, two of my bulk food staples.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Choose Plastic-Free Deodorant
    What benefits have you noticed after switching deodorant? Softer skin? Better scent? More peace of mind?

    Marie Listopad's avatar
    Marie Listopad 2/08/2021 8:21 AM
    I purchased Schmidt's Rose + Vanilla Natural Deodorant Jar.  It comes in a small glass jar and is a paste which is warmed between the fingers and spread on.  The package comes with a small spatula to help remove the product.  I like the natural smell of the concoction.  The company will give the consumer a free jar if six jars are returned to them for reuse.

    • Kaitlin Steinberg's avatar
      Kaitlin Steinberg 2/08/2021 2:21 PM
      I also switched to a cream deodorant in a glass jar, I use the baking-soda free Grapefruit scent from MeowMeow Tweet and I've really liked it. One thing I've been surprised by is that I like spreading the deodorant cream with my hands, without an applicator! I realized when I spread it with my hands, like lotion, I'm more aware of how much I am using and know for sure that I covered the area thoroughly.