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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Back in the Bowl
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

    Karen Wilson's avatar
    Karen Wilson 7/31/2019 8:05 PM
    It only takes simple changes to make a big difference to the would around you. Things I now do - bring a fork/spoon with me from home to eat my lunch vs grabbing a plastic one out of the drawer, take a refillable water bottle with me to the gym, use reusable containers vs zip lock bags for storage.  

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    Karen Wilson 7/31/2019 7:50 PM
    I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. – Edward Everett Hale
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Karen Wilson 7/31/2019 7:45 PM
    Even large corporations are getting the message about using refillable bottle options. InterContinental Group is eliminating the travel-sized tubes of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its 843,000 rooms across its global chain of hotels. Guests will find bulk-sized toiletries beginning in 2021. IHG said roughly 200 million miniature-sized toiletries are placed in rooms every year. Replacing them with bulk-sized accessories will lead to a "significant reduction in plastic waste," the company said.

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    Karen Wilson 7/31/2019 7:34 PM
    So good to see that wanting to reduce plastic use is a world wide effort.  An example - Marks & Spencer (stores in the UK) are now offering a discount to customers that bring their own lunch boxes to purchase prepared 'food to go'.

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    Patty Elsass 7/31/2019 4:39 PM
    Plastic is everywhere in our daily lives and the need to reduce it is immediate to our future environment, especially the oceans.  I'm now more aware of my daily use and how I can change that use with new habits made over the past 31 days.  
  • 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?

    Darren Goad's avatar
    Darren Goad 7/31/2019 4:01 PM
    This should have said 1hour. Unconsumed dog food and scraps can be blended in with garden compost.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

    Nicole Chilton's avatar
    Nicole Chilton 7/31/2019 2:30 PM
    You can share your thoughts and ideas. People can see them and start discussions.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

    Nicole Chilton's avatar
    Nicole Chilton 7/31/2019 2:30 PM
    You can share your thoughts and ideas. People can see them and start discussions.

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    Darren Goad 7/31/2019 12:39 PM
    This was my second year participating in the plastic free challenge, we are gaining momentum. It has been very nice to see all of the team work and effort, let’s continue Reducing plastic and recycling at home and here at our zoo. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using resusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable cutlery, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

    Darren Goad's avatar
    Darren Goad 7/31/2019 12:35 PM
    Cost! $$$
    Communicating through family and friends that disposable cutlery is more expensive and harmful to our planet.