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Jennifer Booth

Don't Be Trashy

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 390 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    28
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    135
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    4
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    1
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    0
    pounds
    waste avoided
  • up to
    9
    pounds
    waste recycled

Jennifer's Actions

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will avoid 1 plastic bags by not bagging my produce or using reusable produce bags.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Belongings

Mend Clothing

I will mend 1 items of clothing instead of replacing them with new clothing.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Belongings

Needs vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Shop the Bulk Bins

I will purchase 2 products from the bulk section of a grocery store that lets me use my own containers to do so.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

At Home

Make Green Cleaners

I will make  1 of my own cleaning products (cleaners, detergents, soaps) instead of buying them.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compostables - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Recycle Everywhere

I will add recycling bins to other areas of the house to make recycling easy for my household of 3 people.  

Completed
One-Time Action

Week 1 Focus: Recycling and Composting

No More Wish-cycling

I will recycle the right materials by educating myself on what goes in the bin and keep other things out. 

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Week 1 Focus: Recycling and Composting

Find Local Recycling Drop-Off Centers

I will find out where to take the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Belongings Mend Clothing
    To achieve this action, did you have to learn a new skill or ask someone else to help you? If yes, describe it! And if not, how did you already know this skill?

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    Jennifer Booth 5/27/2021 6:00 AM
    I have a pile of things to mend so I started with easiest to do, a bag strap repaired! I’m also trying to figure out where to have my very old sewing machine repaired so that I can mend things more easily.
  • 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?

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    Jennifer Booth 5/15/2021 5:38 PM
    Finally visited Tare Market! Was most excited to get hand soap and lotion package free. Also made fresh peanut butter! I plan to do a monthly bulk shopping trip to eliminate some packaged foods. It is difficult because in my home we have to have some prepared convenience foods (can be hard to make a meal with physical disabilities and mental illness), so we are trying to balance it out. Coffee beans was one of the first things we switched to bulk, we get that from North Market. 

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      Anne Richards 5/19/2021 2:47 PM
      Oo so fun! I heard their peanut butter is great, I’ll have to try it! For me its about having the organization back in the house to contain and organize all my bulk items. I need to work on that, so many are still plastic in stores! 
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Recycling and Composting No More Wish-cycling
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Jennifer Booth 5/13/2021 5:18 PM
    I knew that metal bottle caps were too small for sorting machines so I had always tossed them in the trash. I just learned they could be recycled if put in a can (of same material) and closed shut before recycling. Now I have a spot to put them to keep them out of the landfill!
  • Reflection Question
    Week 1 Focus: Recycling and Composting Find Local Recycling Drop-Off Centers
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Jennifer Booth 5/10/2021 6:45 AM
    In addition to the Hennepin County drop off sites I also learned that Columbia Heights Recycling center takes recyclables and some miscellaneous items (styrofoam, bikes, metals, bulbs, batteries) which is not just limited to Columbia Heights residents! I live closer to there than the other drop off sites, though it’s only open on Saturdays. It’s still great to know my options!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Jennifer Booth 5/07/2021 8:54 PM
    I watched A Plastic Ocean on Netflix. Heartbreaking and important. I am already pretty conscious of plastic use, but this documentary is pushing me to consider more ways to eliminate plastic in my own life. And I want to reach out to corporations and politicians to do more too!