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October 3 - October 24, 2018

Zero Waste PDX 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?

    Waste Personal Waste Audit
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Sherry Liptan 10/24/2018 5:37 PM
    Being in the moment, seeing the waste I am creating. Often when I am doing something I am thinking about the next thing I am going to do, I am not thinking about what impact I am having right now. This challenge helped me stop and think about the paper napkin in front of me and realize I was taking it home with me to add to my daily waste collection. When I changed out light bulbs for LED I already knew where I can take them because of another challenge I had completed. This whole experience is having a ripple effect in my life. 
    Health Go get a check up
    How do you practice self care?

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    Sherry Liptan 10/24/2018 5:29 PM
    I have added many plants to my indoor spaces, cleaning the air. I journal almost daily, have a daily Buddhist practice, attend several yoga classes a week at my neighborhood studio. I also have almost eliminated animal products from my diet eating a mostly plant based diet.I eat mostly unprocessed foods.
    Energy Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! In what other ways can you exercise your civic duty to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions?

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    Sherry Liptan 10/24/2018 5:22 PM
    I can ride my bike and walk more. 
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Sherry Liptan 10/24/2018 5:20 PM
    Ikea will except batteries and light-bulbs. This is helpful since one of my challenges was to change out light-bulbs to LED. I also found Plastic Lizard in St Johns. They take plastic caps and lids. Both of these I found through the facebook page I belong to, Zero Waste PDX. 

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    Erica Martin 10/24/2018 12:27 PM
    I have maxing out my steps everyday on fit bit by walking and taking breaks at work to get up and walk around. 
    Simplicity De-Clutter My Home
    How can you prevent yourself from accumulating more things in the future?

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    Sarah vogel 10/23/2018 9:21 PM
    I need too buy less and start selling and giving more stuff away. I like the ideas of minimalism. Maybe 1 day :)  

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    Erica Martin 10/22/2018 10:48 AM
    It was difficult to take part in this challenge, when traveling out of town for a family wedding in the Las Vegas area. Recycling was not always offered, straws appeared in drinks, no paper bag option at grocery stores and coffee was made in disposable cups, (even though I brought and asked to use my own reusable coffee cup). We did our best.   

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    Sarah vogel 10/20/2018 9:07 PM
    I am  so sad. Learning more and more about  american recycling i realise that i can't recycle as much   as i was used to in my homecountry. I did so much wrong... And contaminated the recycling. I am so shocked that my garbage bin is going straight to the landfill. And it will be there for up to 500years. I really want to reduce  e my waste. Now more   than ever. 
    Health Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home
    To what extent do you believe that environmental factors contribute to your own health or issues with health?

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    Sherry Liptan 10/16/2018 4:51 PM
    I believe that environmental factors are important for health and well being. Whatever I bring into my home becomes a part of the space I live in. Food, plants, clothing, plastic, paper, furniture, art, cleaning supplies and people all add to the environment. This can be toxic or healing.  Fresh air and light is a source for good health. Plants will help clean the air. Opening windows for air, opening curtains or shades for light. Thoughts, words and actions can also contribute to health or be toxic. 

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    Erica Martin 10/14/2018 1:09 PM
    I believe I am making changes to some simple "lazy" habits. For example, I used paper sacks for bulk items instead of the plastic bags offered at my grocery store. I also have purchased mesh bags that I anticipate to use for my next grocery trip. For a  crafter's bazaar that I am helping to organize, I have wild-crafted/scavenged my handmade fried floral wreaths items (twigs, cones, leaves, etc.)  and  the crafts my youth group are doing are a recycled calendar origami gift box product.