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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?

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    Karen Lunde 5/25/2021 5:27 PM
    Then last week, I had a "retreat" with the FS Foundation that I work for in Louisville, Kentucky, with lodging in New Albany, Indiana. These were my first flights since Sep 2019. Zero Waste, it wasn't. We met Louisville Grows and toured the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest These are great nonprofits!

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    Karen Lunde 5/25/2021 5:23 PM
    Since this challenge started, I drove from Minneapolis to Ames, Iowa, to stay with my dad to take him to Des Moines to get a replacement aortic heart valve. He received the valve through a blood vessel in his groin on May 5. Within four hours, he noticed further improvement in his health than he thought was possible! So - maybe this has distracted me from Zero Waste, but it's likely he'll live a lot longer now!

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    Laura Mills 5/17/2021 8:52 PM
    Our garbage bin isn't usually as full as our recycling bin.  That still means our family is creating way too much garbage.  Any general ideas on how to reduce recycling waste as well?

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      Samantha Weatherston 5/19/2021 8:37 AM
      I feel that way too. I need to shop in bulk with my own pre-used containers and bags-- spices, nuts, and oats are what I could buy. I am considering getting an Instant Pot to cook beans instead of buying cans. If anyone else wants to comment on how you like your Instant Pot, please do!

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    Laura Mills 5/16/2021 7:31 PM
    I'm trying something new today - reducing the amount of food waste from cooking.  I made stewed apples today and found out I could freeze the peel and use it in smoothies.  I am going to try and find other uses for the odds and ends for the veggies and fruits I eat.  I could probably take orange rinds and make my own orange peel seasoning.  Same with lemon rinds.

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    Laura Mills 5/15/2021 8:03 PM
    We have reusable containers and silicone baggies at home to reduce waste.  However, there is always something that just needs to be wrapped in foil or plastic wrap, like bacon.  I was going to try beeswax wraps like this:  Anybody have any experience with them?

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    Laura Mills 5/15/2021 7:59 PM
    I'm trying to use Imperfect Foods to save on bags - they ship in boxes and don't use any bags for the fruits and vegetables (unless they are berries).  They also pick up ice packs and boxes the next week to reuse/recycle.  Most of the food is "upcycled" or would otherwise be thrown out:

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    Laura Mills 5/11/2021 8:44 PM
    Learning some interesting things going through this challenge - how about you?
    Community Carry My Trash
    What one thing could you do right away to reduce your waste?

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    Laura Mills 5/11/2021 8:43 PM
    Cook from scratch.  When I chose to cook a meal from scratch (on-the-stove oatmeal instead of instant packages), I ended up making way less non-organic waste than when I used pre-made or canned products.  Some cooking from scratch only took 5-10 minutes longer than the quick, prepackaged meals.

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    Laura Mills 5/10/2021 7:55 PM
    I made soup from scratch for lunch and dinner today, and discovered how little waste I generated,  Potatoes and onions already have packaging with their own skins, which went right into the compost bin.  The chicken stock was freshly made from some chicken bones and celery and green ends. The stock remains had to go in the garbage, but at least it will compose a lot quicker than a box!

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    Laura Mills 5/09/2021 7:26 PM
    Anyone know how to change daily actions without losing points?  Some of them aren't really daily for me, like buying bulk.  I only go to the grocery store once/week.  Same with learning about recycling centers - can only do that so much!