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Laura Mills

Fair Trade Minneapolis

"Millions of little raindrops can turn into a flood. Be one of those raindrops and help stop climate change."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 155 This Week
  • 306 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    3
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • up to
    5
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Laura's Actions

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

On-the-go

Skip the Slip

Request digital receipts or no receipts at any store you can. Also sign the skip the slip campaign for CVS: https://greenamerica.org/skip-the-slip

Completed
One-Time Action

On-the-go

Assemble a Zero Waste Kit

I will assemble an eating-out bag with cloth napkins and reusable utensils, containers, and cups and use it to avoid disposable to-go containers and cutlery for 3 meals each day.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Install Eco Friendly Lights

To put in embedded led lights, so no need to even buy led light bulbs. Some of the cheaper ones just don't last that long.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden at my home or community garden.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Shop the Bulk Bins

I will purchase 5 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

Hold the Mail

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by 3.4lbs (1.5kg) a month or 41lbs (18.6kg) a year by opting into paperless billing, ending unwanted subscriptions and opting out of junk mail.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.

COMPLETED 4
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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these products have so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

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    Laura Mills 5/07/2021 7:15 PM
    When there are a lot of a thing to buy, like several ears of corn, it does serve some purpose to put them all in a bag.  But I think we've gotten into the habit of "santization", in which everything must be in separate bags.  I know I have gotten some strange looks from the cashier when I didn't have a pepper or an avocado in a bag.  It would be nice to go back to what was shown in those old movies, where you brought a produce bag and put all your produce in it.

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    Laura Mills 5/07/2021 7:13 PM
    No need for a bag for broccoli, cauliflower or cucumbers!

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    Laura Mills 5/07/2021 7:02 PM
    Switched from packaged tea to loose leaf.  Found this wonderful pot that makes brewing easy: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08RS4CPWX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • 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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    Laura Mills 5/07/2021 7:01 PM
    We are a grab-n-go culture, but COVID-19 makes this more of a sanitary concern now. 

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    Laura Mills 5/07/2021 6:59 PM
    Got rid of a toy today - every little item that goes out of the house counts!

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    Laura Mills 5/05/2021 5:43 PM
    What simple things can you do to support zero-waste when you are not feeling well?  Feel free to post!

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      Sarah Lockwood 5/05/2021 8:06 PM
      1. Don’t stress! It’s not our fault that companies use so much packaging. (But maybe make not of products you use and contact those companies about their waste.)
      2. Kleenex can actually go in organics. (Not zero-waste, but better waste)
      3. Loose leaf tea rather than tea bags.

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    Laura Mills 5/04/2021 2:33 PM
    Yeah! Got rid of several cans of cat food and litter that have been sitting around my house since October!  They went to Fur-Ever Home Rescue: http://www.fureverhomerescue.com/.  They will be having a garage sale in a few weeks to support the pets if you want to reuse someone else's belongings instead of buying new!
  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Assemble a Zero Waste Kit
    What items do you keep in your kit? What steps have you taken to help make this a habit and remember to bring your kit with you?

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    Laura Mills 5/03/2021 4:27 PM
    I was looking for ways not to use paper towels for napkins, first looking at bamboo napkins.  Then I realized I had four green "flour sack" towels I wasn't using that make perfect napkins.  They are pretty durable, and I don't care if they are stained or not.  They work great.  I always keep these in a drawer in the kitchen separate from the towels so they are ready to grab.

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    Laura Mills 5/03/2021 4:14 PM
    I've done best buy email-only receipts before, but now I found out Lowe's does the same thing!  So much wasted paper, I wish Target and Cub would do it as well.  When it comes to returns, it is so much easier to find the digital receipt!  I can tell you the digital receipt I got from Five Below came in really handy when I was trying to get support from Roblox when our purchase did not include the digital codes!  I would have never found that receipt if it wasn't in my email.  Join skip the slip: https://greenamerica.org/skip-the-slip

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    Laura Mills 5/02/2021 6:43 PM
    Installed one of those embedded lights in my daughter's bedroom today, no more light bulbs (LED or otherwise) to purchase!