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Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Community Carry My Trash
    What one thing could you do right away to reduce your waste?

    Marie Listopad's avatar
    Marie Listopad 6/07/2021 6:50 PM
    I could stop buying snacks packaged in non-recyclable containers.
    Belongings Learn About & Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

    Marie Listopad's avatar
    Marie Listopad 6/07/2021 6:47 PM
    I sew and craft for myself and for others.  I actually find clothing lying around.  I pick it up and wash it.  Sometimes if it is in good condition and I don't want it, I give it to a thrift store.  If it is in not so good shape, I'll fix it and wear it or give it to someone else.  Some times, I will scavenge parts of the article of clothing (buttons, zippers, elastic) to use in my own products.  I try to use all that I can and come up with creative uses for everything.
    At Home Switch to Reusable Napkins and Towels
    Is there anything you like more about using cloth and towels napkins than paper napkins and towels? If not, how do you stick to the habit?

    Katherine Schmieg's avatar
    Katherine Schmieg 6/02/2021 1:18 PM
    Love cloth napkins and looking forward to trying cloth paper towels
    At Home Hold the Mail
    Reducing your paper mail can be such a freeing action to take -- by reducing what is coming in, you can reduce what is going into the recycling bin, too. How does it make you feel? What is the next step you will take to reduce your waste?

    Katherine Schmieg's avatar
    Katherine Schmieg 6/02/2021 1:17 PM
    Great!  Less waste and stuff to look through
    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?

    Anne Scheible's avatar
    Anne Scheible 5/31/2021 5:02 PM
    This is easier now that I am going to the grocery store and not ordering things online.
    At Home De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

    Anne Scheible's avatar
    Anne Scheible 5/31/2021 5:00 PM
    I always start in the same places - my kitchen and my bedroom.  These areas are actually in good shape and so I don’t find much clutter there.  I need to start in the basement where there is a lot of clutter to clear out.

  • Christie Paulsen's avatar
    Christie Paulsen 5/20/2021 5:32 PM
    Shared with coworkers that black plastic is not a recyclable item
    Week 2 Focus: Packaging and Low-Waste Shopping Eat Food Before it Spoils
    What types of foods are on your "eat this first" space in the refrigerator?

    Amanda Jenson's avatar
    Amanda Jenson 5/19/2021 8:33 AM
    Usually, always leftovers first and we prioritize veggies and/or fruits that have a shorter shelf life.
    At Home Skip the Paper Plates
    Were you able to avoid using paper plates entirely? If not, what is holding you back and what could you change to make it possible?

    Amanda Jenson's avatar
    Amanda Jenson 5/19/2021 8:32 AM
    My family of 4 avoids paper plates entirely, but it does get tough if we're having a gathering to celebrate a birthday or something. We just don't have that many plates! In this case, I will try to purchase compostable plates in the future.

    • Samantha Weatherston's avatar
      Samantha Weatherston 5/28/2021 7:39 PM
      This is what I did for some pre-covid birthday parties-- I went to Goodwill and bought plates and napkins from their party section. In some ways I feel this is cheating...I guess I am taking advantage of others' overpurchasing. My kids were fine with a mishmash of Batman, space theme, Snoopy, Happy Birthday, etc.
    Belongings Needs vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity and adopting a needs vs. wants mindset?

    Valerie Marquardt's avatar
    Valerie Marquardt 5/18/2021 3:05 PM
    Figuring out what I already have that could be used in a different way than for which it was intended