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  • Kari Simonson's avatar
    Kari Simonson 2/11/2021 1:25 PM
    These bags are for when our dog poops outside of our yard!  For those poops in the yard (which he really prefers not to do) we use a pooper scooper, and I collect the waste in an old dog food bag. Get it? The food comes in plastic bags, gets converted to poop, and then goes back into the same bag!! I love the symmetry of that system.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Buy Reusable Bathroom Products
    Has your experience using a reusable product changed greatly from when you used a disposable one? What are the benefits of using a reusable product?

    Kari Simonson's avatar
    Kari Simonson 2/11/2021 1:23 PM
    Other than toilet paper (!) we don't really end up with many disposable bathroom products. We recycle the cardboard tube inside the toilet paper roll when it's done. My husband uses a metal safety razor and we use bar soap that's made without plastic micro-beads.  I don't use cosmetics (which tend to contain many plastic micro-beads) and neither does my teenage daughter.

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    Kari Simonson 2/11/2021 1:14 PM
    This challenge has coaxed our family into giving up plastic milk jugs - we now buy cardboard half gallons instead of plastic full gallons. It's a little less convenient, and I'd love to eventually go to glass jugs, but my teenage kids go through a lot of milk (and other food) and frankly, the glass storage containers add so much weight to an already really heavy load of groceries!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Ditch the Plastic Wrap
    Which method did you try? Do you prefer reusable containers or reusable wraps?

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    Kari Simonson 1/24/2021 9:04 AM
    We already rarely use plastic wrap. However, both my kids like to bake cakes, and we've typically put plastic wrap over uneaten cake when storing it on the cake tray (some cakes don't transfer well into Tupperware containers!).

    With the last cake, however, my husband figured out a metal mixing bowl fit perfectly over the leftover cake and worked to protect it better than plastic wrap! I'm not sure if we'll ever really need plastic wrap anymore.

  • Lydia McAnerney's avatar
    Lydia McAnerney 1/22/2021 10:03 AM
    This is motivating me to a) invite others and b) take a look at what I normally do and how I can enhance it to make more progress towards being plastic free.  Still have a ways to go.

  • Mary Britton's avatar
    Mary Britton 1/22/2021 5:02 AM
    Hi, all - it would be lovely to get to know the Prospect Park team!  

    I chair the Prospect Park Association's Environment Committee.  Our website is if you are interested.  I work as a data analyst, have a border-collie mix named Lucy and grew up in the neighborhood.  

    If you are comfortable doing so, please introduce yourself.  It would be great to know how you all found out about this challenge.



    • Mary Britton's avatar
      Mary Britton 1/26/2021 4:25 PM
      Hi, Kari!  Those are all tough ones.  I have been able to get away from plastic bottles for laundry detergent by using those sheets of detergent. 

    • Kari Simonson's avatar
      Kari Simonson 1/24/2021 9:12 AM
      My name's Kari and I live on 4th Street with my husband, our 2 teenage kids, and our dog. 

      We do some things well (shop at co-ops in bulk when possible, bring our own bags and containers, carry reusable water bottles, etc.) but the challenge has already helped us see some areas for improvement, such as buying milk in half-gallon cardboard cartons instead of one gallon plastic jugs. 

      Some items are tough, however, such as cheese, meat, crackers, and cereal (other than bulk granola and oatmeal), all of which are almost always wrapped in plastic. Any suggestions on reducing this plastic use would be helpful!
  • 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?

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    Kari Simonson 1/17/2021 1:51 PM
    I was surprised at the items selected to be included in the calculator. Many of plastic items that seem really common (like 6 pack beverage holders) were not included as options, whereas odd items (like cotton swabs, which can be purchased on cardboard instead of plastic sticks) were included.