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April 1 - April 30, 2020
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Darlene Downey

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    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
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Darlene's Actions


Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 20 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.

One-Time Action


Use a Reusable Mug

If possible, I will avoid sending 10 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.



Use Reusable Bags

Plastic bags can be mistaken for food by many wild animals. If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.



  • Darlene Downey's avatar
    Darlene Downey 4/30/2020 2:11 PM
    Not really.  Yes i have had one or two employees at the grocery store I frequent toss my stuff around.  Next time I will report them to the manager.  Funny thing is I bought my grocery bags from their store.  Most of them know me enough by now and I rarely even have to tell them, do not bag my milk and other large items.  Most of them like it cause they hold a lot instead of 20 bags i use like 3 or 4.  Sometimes i bag if they are busy and they appreciate that.  I don't let the others get to me.  They just have attitudes.  I avoid their lines when possible although one of them isn't there anymore.  If anyone were to keep bagging as you say after you told them more than once, I would take my stuff out and put in my own bags and yes report them.  
  • Reflection Question
    Wildlife Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reusable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Darlene Downey 4/30/2020 1:55 PM
    I always keep my cloth bags in my car and have been for years.  More recently I tell places like drug stores and such I don't need a bag before they start ringing me up.

    • Shawna Troyer's avatar
      Shawna Troyer 4/30/2020 1:59 PM
      Do you ever get dirty looks and rudeness? One store... "I don't need a bag" OK, no bag (as she proceeds to put things in a bag). "Umm... I said no bag, please" Yeah, yeah, no bag (continues bagging). She threw a fit over it. I've had similar reactions at times over the "no straw" issue too.