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s LaCroix

ADLC Green Team

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Participant Impact

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    not spent in front of a screen
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    spent outdoors

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Health & Equity

Spend Time Outside

SDG #3 Health & Well-Being

I will replace 30 minute(s) per day typically spent inside (computer time, watching television, etc.) with quality time outside exercising, enjoying the sunrise/sunset, gardening, journaling, or practicing gratitude for nature.


Economy & Communities

Carry My Trash

SDG #12 Consumption & Production

I will carry all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash with me each day to raise my awareness of how much waste I produce.


Climate & Ecosystems

Reduce Single-Use Plastics

SDG #14 & 15

Throughout the day, I will note the single-use plastics I use and consider the reusable options available to me.



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    s LaCroix 4/30/2022 6:14 PM
    As the ecochallenge comes to an 'end' ( end! Ha). I want to share a wonderful podcast from NPR: Throughline.

         For those of you not familiar to is their 'byline: 
                     "The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world." 

    Anyway, the below link it to their podcast from April 21st and their discussion about the making of EARTH DAY! 
    Not that everyday isn't EARTH DAY!

    Everything that Throughline produces is wonderful, but this one especially applicable to this time of Earth. Enjoy.

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    s LaCroix 4/30/2022 8:00 AM
    What a wonderful month of reflection this has been. 
    We spent the day yesterday hiking in the wildflowers on land that was given in trust to become public. It makes me consider the importance of not only getting outside, but also providing places for that to happen.
    Today, we woke to a rainy, drizzly day and I will spent it in giving back to the community volunteering at our local Thrift Store which financially supports the county museum. 
    Throughout the month I have thought about my plastic use and the amount of garbage we produce. We planted a small garden and beefed up our composting tools. It's been time well spent in reflection.

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      George Unruh 5/02/2022 6:43 AM
      So happy you joined our Green Team through this month, Sharon.  You are ever conscious of the needs of the earth and community.  Thank you

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    s LaCroix 4/20/2022 10:46 AM
    The Summer Day
    By Mary Oliver

      'Who made the world?
      Who made the swan, and the black bear?
      Who made the grasshopper?
      This grasshopper,...........'

      Picked up 4 onion bags of garbage and recycle in 2 miles round trip from my house going W today.

      'Tell me, what is it you plan to do
      with your one wild and precious life?'

    So, I guess I am going to spend part of my precious life picking up the detritus of messy humans, who (could) care less...... Much less than I do!

    • George Unruh's avatar
      George Unruh 4/20/2022 10:53 AM
      Mother Earth appreciates your care.  Ki (to use Robin Wall Kimmerer's word) watches and knows.  Now it is our time to attempt to teach others to respect what creates our "one wild and precious life."

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    s LaCroix 4/19/2022 8:19 AM
    Listen and Silent are spelled with the same letters. Think about it. 
    ? Source

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    s LaCroix 4/15/2022 2:46 PM
    So, today we shopped and I used all my own veggie bags for lettuce, romaine, etc. I made them from muslin, some upcycled netting and even some leftover active wear fabric. Not waterproof, but I use my own bags and dry them when I get home. The only plastic I bring home is the rest of the store. Still tough to stop totally, but working the pieces that I can. Each day.

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      Amber Patterson 4/16/2022 11:55 AM
      that is a good idea to use for broth. we are gardeners as well so we are now growing earth worms in food compost to use for our garden 
  • Reflection Question
    Economy & Communities Carry My Trash
    What one thing will you do right away to reduce your waste? What is the second thing you will do?

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    s LaCroix 4/08/2022 8:50 AM
    There are many, many locations where there is no bread store to get bread without the plastic wrap. I make much of my bread at home, but what are options for those who don't have that option?

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      George Unruh 4/08/2022 5:46 PM
      I misread your post it seems.  The Tacoma recycling center takes plastic bags as well as bubble wrap.  I thank mine there when I have a load of it and am heading that way.

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      s LaCroix 4/08/2022 4:05 PM
      Phyllis, I did find this and it looks like there are some local drop-offs. I will check the stores to assure their participation.

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      s LaCroix 4/08/2022 3:56 PM
      Thank you, Phyllis. I wish I lived closer. I am in E WA. I will check around for something locally like that.

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      Phyllis Brandt 4/08/2022 3:18 PM
      There is a pilot program started north of Seattle as well as in Poulsbo and Bainbridge  which offers dropping off plastic bags from bread, newspapers, produce, storage bags that zip or seal, shipping envelopes, bubble packaging, plastic wrap around TP and paper towels.  I am collecting these to take to my daughter-in-law who works in Edmonds near a pickup place.

    • George Unruh's avatar
      George Unruh 4/08/2022 10:05 AM
      Good question.  Might depend on the intended purpose of the bread.  Sliced for sandwiches is perhaps the most difficult.  Not many options there outside of your own kitchen and local bakeries (which often cater to desserts rather than bread).  Good, quality ingredient breads are also limited.  I've gone to cornbread with almond butter when not needed for a sandwich or to be eaten outside the home or work.  Driving 30 miles to find what you need doesn't seem like an earth aware thing to do either.  

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    s LaCroix 4/04/2022 9:18 AM
    Great words to the team this AM, George.
    We are also having a wet, windy, sunny day. The mountains look especially ominous this AM.
    The perfect day to do moth hole repair on a lovely Icelandic wool sweater that was in the 'throw away' pile at our thrift store. Using my speedweve and wool yarn to make the plaid checks. Many more holes on the sweater but a start! It is worth the time. The perfect winter sweater for years to come.

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    s LaCroix 4/04/2022 9:10 AM
    There are just times when I feel I must use a single use plastic bag. So, ones that don't contain meat or something really yukky I wash them out and hang them to dry on a wooden stand. I don't know if there is some leaching of plastic. Maybe. I have some of the silicone bags and try to use them more often. It's just not full proof yet! Working on it.

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      s LaCroix 4/05/2022 5:58 PM
      Good idea. I will do the same.

    • George Unruh's avatar
      George Unruh 4/05/2022 4:38 PM
      We're kind of using a combined strategy.  Started using the new (to make sure they really were the bees knees) and are working through the old supply.  Getting as much use out of the old ones as possible.

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      s LaCroix 4/05/2022 2:49 PM
      Thanks for the tip, George. 
      So, then the question you throw away what you have and buy the compostable ones OR do you wait until you need to replace some and start with something better for the earth? 

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      George Unruh 4/04/2022 12:57 PM
      Hi Sharon.  We started buying home compostable baggies from Responsible Products.  They are actually easier to wash and reuse than the plastic ones.   Their cling wrap didn't unroll very well so that is a work in progress but the bags are excellent.  

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    s LaCroix 4/02/2022 6:22 AM
    My fellow teammates are going to share a sample of the bar shampoo they use! Thank you!!

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    s LaCroix 4/01/2022 1:02 PM

    Here's a story written by the author of Mending Life, Sonya Montenegro.