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Maggie OConnor

Don't Be Trashy

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 110 This Week
  • 122 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    0
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Maggie's Actions

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 1 meals each day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Belongings

Support a Sharing Economy

I will support the sharing economy by joining a community tool or toy library.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Belongings

Needs vs. Wants

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

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

De-Clutter Month

My goal is to declutter one thing every day. I don't have time to tackle a room, or even a closet, and this is true most of the time, so I'm going to keep a list of things to donate to ARC. My hope is this will get me into the habit and I can keep doing this until I'm decluttered!

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DAILY ACTIONS

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

Belongings

Have a Zero-Waste Day

I will refuse all items that come in packaging for the entire day.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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    Maggie OConnor 5/08/2021 4:22 AM
    I'm working on letting go of something every day - so far so good. At some point in the day I remember, "I've got to find something to go to ARC, (or somewhere)." And there is a flash of excitement, and sometimes an 'oh shoot, what can I peel away??' Shoot might not be the exact word :o). I've added a thesaurus (I had 2, truth be told), a vest I love but never wear and can't imagine I will, some odd things I can't recall off hand but they went into the box I will take to the College of Art and Design, whenever they (hopefully) re-open their drop off place for things an art student might use for an art project.  
  • Reflection Question
    Belongings Needs vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity and adopting a needs vs. wants mindset?

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    Maggie OConnor 5/04/2021 4:31 AM
    Creativity is like a magic wand. Plodding along, doing the same old, same old, easy, don't have to think path that goes round and round. But then there is this nigglle inside, a restless thing, catching my attention, and I follow the lead: write a story about a world that is mandated to share everything with the earth and every created being, or.... hem my jeans with a strip of cloth so the worn edges don't show... 

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    Maggie OConnor 5/04/2021 4:26 AM
    I'm on day 2 of my daily challenge to repurpose something, so far 2 things - a small cupboard (? not sure what to call it - 8 drawers in a little unit) and today a sign that says "Clothing Optional Beyond This Point" - ok, not my sign, my son's but he has declared he doesn't want any of his old stuff. Only 28 days to go!

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    Maggie OConnor 5/03/2021 5:16 AM
    I joined this challenge because I'm a waste-nerd, and wanted to cheer on Anne's team. Go Don't Be Trashy
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Maggie OConnor 5/03/2021 5:14 AM
    This was most interesting. We are zeroing in on the waste that is hard to eliminate - we had one paper bag for roughly 2 weeks. I've put a date on the new paper bag to see how long it takes to fill it.  I found some things we've eliminated - non-recyclable, non-compostable tea packets. Many things that irk me - why does the bread we've bought for years now have a layer of cellophane-like packaging inside the plastic bag? or pill bottles with both a plastic non-tamper band on the outside and then a seal one has to pull off on the inside?? The convenience of easy-stick postage stamps vs the old lick-em-stick-ems. sigh
  • Reflection Question
    Belongings Have a Zero-Waste Day
    Were there any moments that surprised you when you refused packaging items? What were the hardest items to avoid?

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    Maggie OConnor 5/02/2021 8:53 AM
    Had to accept a plastic bag with the bread - but I reuse those for my trash pick-ups when I walk, so didn't feel too bad. But they've added and inner lining of ?cellophane, or some such. So frustrating! We've been cutting down on plastic, now running out of plastic containers for storage - but realized we could use an olive jar to store leftover berry juices!