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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?

  • Debbie Keyes's avatar
    Debbie Keyes 5/26/2021 10:45 AM
    Here’s a pet peeve of mine:  recipes with directions for using parchment paper.  Do you all remember when we were kids and parchment paper was fancy paper for writing on and we put a layer of butter or oil on our cookie sheets to reduce sticking?  What was ever wrong with that thin film of oil that seriously only added few calories, and we burned a few if we actually had to scrub?  

    And another pet peeve:  covering with plastic wrap.  A plate, baking sheet, towel, reusable lid all work great.  I use fry pan lids on bowls too.  You can get second hand lids and baking sheets at the thrift store for less than the cost of a roll of plastic wrap, and never buy that stuff again!

  • Samantha Weatherston's avatar
    Samantha Weatherston 5/07/2021 3:17 PM
    I now have travel mugs in a tote bag in the back of our car ready for any unexpected coffee!
    On-the-go Use A Reusable Mug or Collapsible Cup
    Great job on getting rid of your disposable cup habit! How does it make you feel? What's next on your list to reduce your waste?

    Samantha Weatherston's avatar
    Samantha Weatherston 5/07/2021 3:13 PM
    I don't buy coffee much but if I am somewhere there is coffee I hate to admit I like how it feels and tastes in a paper cup...but that's not a good reason to keep doing it! We have extra sweatshirts in a duffle bag in the back of our car, so I added two car coffee mugs to the bag to easily grab when needed.
    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?

    Samantha Weatherston's avatar
    Samantha Weatherston 5/06/2021 8:15 PM
    Shop my closet. Watching The True Cost influenced me.
    Family Buy Used Kids' Clothes
    Often times, buying children's clothing used is more socially acceptable than buying clothing for yourself or other adults. Why do you think this is so?

    Samantha Weatherston's avatar
    Samantha Weatherston 5/04/2021 8:41 PM
    With many people there is a stgma to adult used clothes because it reminds them of being financially poor as a child.

  • Samantha Weatherston's avatar
    Samantha Weatherston 5/03/2021 1:36 PM
    Yay, I actually had a bag to put Brazil nuts in that I bought in bulk at the coop.
    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?

    Debbie Keyes's avatar
    Debbie Keyes 5/01/2021 12:36 PM
    Cannot avoid packaging with takeout food during Covid times.  Therefore, we bought half as much takeout and supplemented with stuff at home.
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Debbie Keyes's avatar
    Debbie Keyes 5/01/2021 7:24 AM
    Maintaining my home extends beyond the 4 walls of the house I live in.