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Plastic Free July Challenge 3: Plastic-Free Grocery Shopping

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In Weeks 1 and 2 of Plastic Free July, we learned about plastics and plastic waste. This week, we’ll focus on learning how to reduce our plastic footprint and take our sustainable waste management a step beyond recycling.

From here out, we’ll be focusing on the other “Rs” of sustainability– Rethinking, Reducing, Refusing, Replacing, and Reusing!

Our challenge for you this week is to try to avoid plastics at the grocery store. See how many of the sustainable “Rs” you can deploy while you shop to prepare a meal. Try to make this shopping trip as plastic free as possible, and let us know: Was it easier or more challenging than you thought? Which plastics were you able to avoid? Were there any plastics that were unavoidable, and why? And finally, What did you make? Be sure to share & tag us in your pictures on social media! 

 

Tip: We get it –– sometimes avoiding all plastics can be tricky. In these instances, we like to apply a “least harms” evaluation of our options: Not all plastics are created equal, so we’ll work to educate ourselves and others about which plastics are particularly harmful to the environment. We’ve created this guide to help inform your plastic consumption– if you can’t avoid it, at least you can try to minimize the most wasteful forms of plastic. Click here to download the Plastics Guide.


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Where Does Our Plastic Waste Go?

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Have you ever wondered where your plastic waste goes once it gets picked up on curbside collection day? We were curious too! For this week’s Plastic Free July discussion, we did some research to create this local guide that tracks plastic waste from our homes and businesses in Carson City on their journey. Browse the infographic below!

Where Does The Waste Go?


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DIY Presence of Plastics Audit

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Week Two of greenUP!’s Plastic Free July is centered on sources of plastic in our own lives. To aid in this weekly discussion, we have put together an at-home or at-work Plastics Audit that anyone can conduct to observe plastics in the wild!

 

Download this PDF to play along:  Presence of Plastics Audit

Don’t forget to tag us on social media with your results! @greenUPNV


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Good Day Carson Interview

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Did you catch greenUP! Board President, Donna Walden, on Good Day Carson? Follow the link to see her interview and learn about our Green Dining Stimulus plan!


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Support Local Restaurants and Reduce Plastic Pollution

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Starting May 20th, greenUP! will feature a special program to help customers support local businesses while reducing their environmental footprint.

Due to COVID-19 measures, restaurants have shifted their focus from in-house dining services to offer more takeout options. While these to-go programs allow customers to enjoy local foods from the comfort and safety of their own home, the packaging waste of these take away meals is starting to add up.

Participating Green Dining District restaurants are offering reusable bamboo utensil kits to help offset packaging waste: customers can skip the plastic eating utensils and opt to bring home reusable bamboo utensils instead. 120 reusable bamboo utensil kits donated by the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection will be distributed to Green Dining restaurant customers.

The 4-piece kits include a bamboo spoon, fork, knife, and pair of chopsticks, all bundled in a convenient carrying case made from post-consumer recycled plastic materials, to be used again and again with favorite to-go meals.

Participating restaurants include: Cucina Lupo, Gather, Scoups Ice Cream and Soup Bar, So Juicy, Squeeze In, and The Union.

Check back on this site for more details about the Reusable Utensil promo or follow greenUP! on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


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Earth Day Tips for Restaurants

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greenUP! encourages restaurants to follow tips on the Earth Day info-graphic to restore and protect the Earth.

Download Earth Day Tips for Restaurants


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Happy Earth Day 2020

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Carson City green dining district restaurants are doing some great work to reduce their waste streams. They encourage the public to reduce waste also. Together, we can reduce waste and help Nevada achieve its climate action goals. See Earth Day Video.


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greenUP! Receives Recycling Grant to Further Carson Street Green Dining District

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greenUP! announced it has received a $12,898 grant from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) Bureau of Sustainable Materials Management 2020 Recycling Grant Program. The grant is designed to increase recycling, public awareness of the importance of conserving natural resources, and encourage the reduction, reuse and recycling of solid waste in Nevada. greenUP! will use the proceeds to continue the Carson Street Green Dining District pilot that was funded by NDEP in 2019.

“The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection is proud to support GreenUP! In its efforts to promote sustainable dining in Carson City,” said NDEP Administrator Greg Lovato. “Local solutions like recycling and managing food and other restaurant waste can add up to big improvements for our environment and maintain Nevada’s leadership in creating clean, healthy, and vibrant communities.”

“The goals for the Carson Street Green Dining District for 2020 are to add 10 new restaurants to the program and to continue support for the original 10 restaurants brought into the program in 2019,” said Donna Walden, Board president for greenUP! and leader of the Green Dining District program. “We found that each restaurant has unique waste challenges and we want to partner with them to address potential solutions.”

Please see full article coverage in CarsonNow article.


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New Green Dining District Intern

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Sierra Jickling has joined greenUP! as the Green Dining District intern. She joined in January 2020 after graduating in 2019 from the University of Nevada, Reno with degrees in Environmental Science and Psychology.

While in college, she served for one year as the Director of Sustainability for the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN), and pursued projects related to composting, plastic waste reduction, and fossil fuel finance abatement. She is most proud of introducing a fee-free public transportation pilot program, which began serving university students and faculty in 2019. She has been an advocate of sustainability and greener living for as long as she can remember, and has experience working as an activist, volunteer, and employee with a variety of environmental movers and shakers during her time growing up in Reno. She is excited to embark upon even more sustainability projects with greenUP!

In her free time, Sierra likes to explore outside or test out new hobbies. Her current interests include bread baking, botany, and pottery.


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Kolo 8 News coverage of stainless steel cups at Nevada Day

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Kolo 8 included the sustainability focus for Nevada Day including the stainless steel cups purchased to reduce waste at this year’s Nevada Day. See Kolo8NewsNow clip.