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Reaching for Zero Feed


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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    Crystal Yakacki 5/20/2021 10:05 AM
    This has been one of the most helpful things. A lot of the plastic I was tossing is actually recyclable. There is a place in Columbia Heights I can bring it to and they turn it into park benches and so on.

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    Crystal Yakacki 5/20/2021 10:04 AM
    I am trying to reduce to two total loads of laundry per week for me and my daughter's clothes, sheets, towels. And try to only wash cloth napkins and kitchen towels and so on once a month - which means rinsing and hanging them to dry more instead of throwing them in the laundry shoot everytime something is dirty.

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    Crystal Yakacki 5/20/2021 10:01 AM
    I got together tupperwares and glass jars and used them to shop bulk. I am going to start filling my Dr. Bronners and other toiletry items bulk as well - i wasn't even aware they were available! I also purchased two cloth produce bags. I usually only buy a couple items that need a bag (like string beans), everything else I just leave loose.
    Community Give the Gift of Experiences
    What did you give as a gift? Do you think the recipient has ever received a gift like this before? What did they think of it?

    Kristina Kvarnlov-Leverty's avatar
    Kristina Kvarnlov-Leverty 5/12/2021 5:30 PM
    Rather than give my mother a mother's day gift, we went for a walk and had dinner together.

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    Kristina Kvarnlov-Leverty 5/12/2021 5:23 PM
    I have been realizing that to really go as close to zero waste as possible, eating fruits and vegetables and healthy grains is key. I am curious are there ways, other than making it yourself, for accessing dairy-free "dairy products" locally that has less plastic waste? I have been noticing more "yogurts" that are in glass. are there dairy-free milk options in glass or compostable containers?
    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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    Susie Van Hoomissen 5/07/2021 4:12 AM
    I believe it is for transportation 

    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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    Kristina Kvarnlov-Leverty 5/05/2021 7:44 AM
    I am noticing that other than dog pee training and dog food. My major waste creator is quick and easy food and beverages. If I choose to snack on chips and similar snacky foods and drink pop, mineral water, etc. That is where my waste is coming from. Take out bags and containers too. When I cook at home, eat and drink healthier, my waste decreases significantly. But I am also cleaning out old papers and materials from work and that has also lead to a lot of recycling waste. How can I reduce word related waste? And I need to work on changing my diet. There are  lower or zero waste stress foods. (: