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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Marie-France Lemire

Texas Green Step

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 524 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    25
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    690
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    770
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    21
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Marie-France's Actions

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Do at Home

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

Do at Home

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Do at Home

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Practice Gratitude for Earth

Do at Home

I will spend 45 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Joyful Movement

Do at Home

I will spend 30 minutes doing an activity where I'm both moving my body and enjoying myself.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reusable one, but it's just hard to make the switch. What stands in your way of making this a habit? By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Marie-France Lemire 10/06/2021 5:31 PM
    I start by drinking coffee from home. I can use my favorite ceramic cup! Sorry, Starbuck!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Marie-France Lemire 10/06/2021 5:28 PM
    Tap water is unsafe to drink where I live.  I have to buy the 5 gallons water bottles. No choice there, unfortunately.  However, I do not use small plastic bottles.  I fill up my to-go bottle when I go out for a walk and refill my sippy cup throughout the day.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Marie-France Lemire 10/06/2021 5:23 PM
    I repurpose plastic food containers.  They become art supplies and plant containers.  If a store gives me a plastic bag, I repurpose it as a trash bag. I use net bags for fruits and veggies at the grocery store. I use a towel to dry my hands instead of paper towels.  

    • Cora Lansdowne's avatar
      Cora Lansdowne 10/06/2021 7:15 PM
      We've been trying out the Tru Earth laundry detergent sheets and BlueLand hand soap to cut down on single use plastic.  Always looking for ways we can do more with the "R's"!  

  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Joyful Movement
    What's your favorite activity(ies) in which you experience joy while being active and moving?

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    Marie-France Lemire 10/06/2021 5:18 PM
    I love swimming in the morning, the water flowing around me, the weightlessness, the rhythmic movements.  I am in the present moment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Practice Gratitude for Earth
    Kathleen Dean Moore says that a sense of gratitude leads to a sense of moral obligation. Do you agree? How can we cultivate a sense of gratitude as individuals, and as a society?

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    Marie-France Lemire 10/06/2021 5:15 PM
    I do agree with Kathleen.  First, be grateful to yourself.  Be grateful for what you have.  When you live in a spirit of abundance and are grateful, you are able to give and give freely.  If you are happy,  give a smile to a stranger! You may change his (her) day.  Small actions make riples.