Skip to main content
Linda Wenglikowski's avatar

Linda Wenglikowski

Recycle Brevard 2019

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 471 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    54
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    37
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    18
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning

Linda's Actions

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 30 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own airplane snacks and eat at local restaurants to avoid take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

I will avoid sending 3 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

    Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/23/2019 4:52 PM
    It was pretty easy to plan for this trip, as with eating gluten free I've been bringing sandwich alternatives, humus, chips, fruit, and gluten free chips with us for years. I added a set of bamboo silverware for each of us and it worked pretty well. My husband even eat coconut wraps while in the car, which prevented me from getting cross contaminated when I handle the sterring wheel.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/23/2019 4:50 PM
    Using more natural products can be much less expensive, however it takes time to research and understand what the options are. I enjoyed adding essential oils, as they are pure and smell great.

  • Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/17/2019 2:30 PM
    Doing well, but wondering how I still can do better.

    • Chris Kane's avatar
      Chris Kane 7/21/2019 7:58 AM
      that's a question that i agonize over - however, i've come to accept that i can only do my best and "my best" is different for each one of us.

  • Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/14/2019 12:08 PM
    Back from my family vacation and working hard on avoiding single use plastics. I've testing more biodegradable bags. It seems really hard to find a good one for the kitchen trash can that won't fall apart when it's loaded with trash. I'm not giving up. I love my new bamboo lunch sets I bought last month while preparing for my trip. They were a great asset when it came to eating on the road.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Pet Waste
    By composting your pet waste, you are turning waste into nutrients to feed the soil. In what other ways can you turn waste into a resource in your life?

    Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/07/2019 1:58 PM
    Although this I haven't been able to compost our pet waste as we trailed, I carried my PetNPet Compostable doggie bags, so hopefully this will help in the long run. I've been using these bags for about a year and even did my own experiment to see if they disappeared after 60 days when they are barriered with waste in the yard. This does seem to work well. Would recommend them to others. Do make sure to get the highest rated compostable bags you can find. Most brands sell standard as well as compostable bags, so don't miss order. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

    Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/07/2019 1:55 PM
    I tried to pack reuse and compostable bags for our vacation. Not using baggies was perhaps the most difficult, but getting some compostable bags was a good effort I made to attempt to reduce my plastic usage. Even took bamboo utenciles and lunch bag with us.

    • Beth Beek Blackford's avatar
      Beth Beek Blackford 7/08/2019 7:41 PM
      Hi Linda, I did likewise with compostable plastic bags.  After several washings & reuse, there's no sign of them breaking down. I believe a commercial-grade composting facility is needed to make these things live up to their name.  In short, they are an example of "green washing".
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

    Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/07/2019 1:52 PM
    We took some reuse containers on our vacation. This was likely the most difficult plastic not to use while traveling. So I purchased some compostable ones, thinking it was a least a compromise that would reduce out plastic use some.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

    Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/07/2019 1:51 PM
    Every opportunity we get we purchase produce and use our own mess bags instead of plastics. It really isn't hard or time consuming.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/07/2019 1:50 PM
    I even carried my net produce bags on my trip. Would recommend it to anyone going on a vacation to make sure to pack their bags - reuse grocery and produce bags included.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Great job on getting rid of your disposable cup habit! How does it make you feel? What's next on your list to reduce your waste?

    Linda Wenglikowski's avatar
    Linda Wenglikowski 7/07/2019 1:49 PM
    I've been carrying my coffee mug and reuse water bottles on my summer vacation - family reunion trip. I'd love we gave out reuse bottles and bags at our reunion.